Rathfinny Wine Estate

26th November, 3rd, 10th and 17th December Christmas Sunday Lunches £45 per person


We have just released our dates for our Christmas Lunches at the Flint Barns.

Our team of chefs have created a delicious menu full of locally sourced, seasonal produce. Please contact philippas@rathfinnyestate.com if you would like to book a table.

Christmas Menu 2017


Welcome drink of English Sparkling Wine or Mulled Wine


Beetroot and Coconut Soup with Coconut Crisps
Smoked Haddock Cheddar and Chive Fishcakes with Watercress Sauce
Game Terrine with Real Ale Chutney
Smoked Parsnip, Pear and Stilton Salad


Roast Sussex Turkey with all the Trimmings
Slow Braised Steak and Blue Cheese Shortcrust Pie
Roasted Breast of Pheasant Stuffed with Pork and Cranberry and a Sloe Gin Sauce
Pan Fried Fillets of Seabass, Crushed New Potatoes, Baby Spinach & Seaweed Butter
Butternut Squash and Wild Mushroom Risotto

Roast Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables

Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter & Cream
Winter Spiced Plums with Greek Yogurt and Dried Fruits
Rum and Chocolate Tart with Caramelised Nuts & Butterscotch Sauce
Sussex Cheese Plate and Chutney

Tea or Coffee with Handmade Chocolates

Location. Flint Barns, Rathfinny Wine Estate, BN26 5TU

Wednesday 13th December SHOOTING FOR THE STARS £37.50

We have pleasure in once again collaborating with our friend and neighbour Jane Green for what promises to be an evening to remember. The evening will start with a short talk about Rathfinny’s progress and development followed by a guided tasting of Cradle Valley 2016. Our Flint Barns team will then serve a festive 3 course set menu.

Jane, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and is a natural, eloquent and captivating speaker who possesses that rare ability to communicate the complexities of astronomy in a warm and easy to understand way.  She makes the ‘ungraspable’ graspable so why not join her for a revelatory voyage?

After dinner Jane will give a 50-minute talk, complimented with stunning audio visuals, celebrating astronomical perspective, grandeur and beauty on the most majestic of scales.  With the annual Geminids meteor shower also promising an array of shooting stars, Jane will include these in her journey as she deconstructs the complex, de-mystifies meaningless phrases and uncloaks the darkest wonders of the cosmos to reveal the splendours of wondrous celestial light.

Also capitalising on Rathfinny Estate’s 360° panoramic views and deep dark skies, a stargazing session will follow completing what will be a powerful, insightful and indeed, possibly life-changing journey, one that will begin and end with ‘nothing’ … so what could possibly fill the ‘space’ in between?  Join Jane to discover more.

Jane Green



Location. Flint Barns, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TU

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Gin O’clock

Somewhere in the world it must be time for a gin.  It would appear that the rise in popularity of micro breweries and artisan beers has made way for a wave of gin.

Those from Sussex may have seen our glorious white gin bottles in local stores, bars or hotels.  Named after the iconic Seven Sisters but gin from these parts is not a new phenomenon. The land that folds over the top of the Seven Sisters cliffs between Seaford and Birling Gap is knows as Crowlink.  Genuine Crowlink Gin was the drink in the 1800s in London.  It was illegally imported gin which could be legally sold over the bar.  Many landlords even resorted to placing the word Crowlink on their barrels as pure PR to improve sales, even if it wasn’t the real deal.  The smuggling trade was of huge importance in this part of East Sussex and many of the larger houses that adorn the landscape have been ‘funded’ from the illegal import of alcohol.  Ours is not illegal but we do hope it continues to be the gin to drink!

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Taxing issues

Dear Mr Hammond

Is it fair or wise to penalise a British industry that is growing and taking on the world? Would we charge higher taxes on Whisky or Scottish woolens than on Vodka or Chinese jumpers? Would we charge higher VAT on British made luxury cars than lower priced ones?

So why do we charge higher rates of Excise Duty on sparkling wine than still wine in the UK?

It’s a little-known fact that we pay 28% more of Excise Duty per bottle on sparkling wine than on still wine – £2.74 and ‘just’ £2.16 respectively. Plus VAT of 20% …

I say ‘just’ because in the rest of Europe Excise Duty on wine is generally 8-10p per bottle! It’s cheaper to buy most wines, even English

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Harvest completed


We’ve finished our harvest and it was completely wonderful.  Not only did we have a bumper crop, over twice what was harvested last year, but we had so many other things to celebrate.  As Mark mentioned in a previous blog we had a super team of local pickers come and join us.  Mark was away the first morning of harvest so it fell to me to do a rousing, welcoming speech.  

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