Rathfinny - Tasting rooms
Rathfinny Wine Estate was established in 2010 by entrepreneurial couple Sarah and Mark Driver. Eight years of work, and more than 200 acres of planting resulted in their first Sussex Sparkling wine being launched in June 2018.
Picnics at Rathfinny
The Michelin Plate awarded restaurant at Rathfinny, The Tasting Room, has been quick to adjust to current COVID times. Maxing out on the advantage of being set in 200 acres, The Tasting Room now offers a luxurious three-course picnic that can be enjoyed, together with chilled Rathfinny sparkling wine, in the estate grounds. The Vineyard Picnic Hampers are finished with individual Victoria sponges and cream, the perfect accompaniment to their sparkling Rosé brut for a distinctly English picnic. The picnics are available Wednesday to Sunday between 11.45 - 6 pm.
Those who have previously The Tasting Rooms, can now experience the newly appointed "Seafood and Wine Kitchen". A seafood led menu serves locally landed produce paired with seasonal produce to be enjoyed on the Tasting Rooms terrace or in the grounds. Seating on the terrace is limited so guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs for enjoying expertly cooked meals in the idyllic setting.
Just three miles from the sea, located on a south facing slope of the South Downs National Park, Rathfinny is perfectly situated for growing its mix of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes. In addition to Sussex Sparkling, Rathfinny produce some still wines under their Cradle Valley label and gin and vermouth under their Seven Sisters label.
Wine tasting at Rathfinny is currently not available due to Coronavirus safety measures.
If you are not looking to dine then luckily The Tasting Room is also just that, between 10 am and 5 pm Monday to Sunday visitors are invited to partake in ad hoc tasting sessions at the centrally positioned copper bar, where an expert from the Rathfinny estate is always on hand.
A lasting memory
To take your experience home with you, the Cellar Door gift shop adjoins the Tasting Room where wines and spirits from the Rathfinny Estate can be purchased. Or if you’d rather not go home at all, the Flint Barns is a beautifully restored 10 roomed guest house situated in the Vineyard. With its own dining room and dedicated Chef, the Flint Barns make for a beautiful getaway that is both family and dog friendly.