Rathfinny Wine Estate

Cold, Crisp Mornings

I love these cold, clear, crisp mornings where I am up early and out with Spike for a walk around the vines. It’s so amazing just how quick the vineyard team are pruning and tying back the vines ready for the year ahead. It’s also amazing to see the early morning sunrise. The picture below was taken by the Flint Barns this week – what a stunning view to wake up to!

It is a hugely exciting year for all of us at Rathfinny, as I’m sure you are aware we are releasing our first Sussex Sparkling wines this year and I for one can’t wait. It’s what we’ve all been working toward these past few years and the time is nearly here.

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Drivers put a cork in it..     

After eight years of toil, in both the Vineyard and the Winery we are now just months away from releasing our first Sussex Sparkling wines. This week we passed a major milestone as we ‘disgorged’ the first wines to be released. The act of removing the yeast and finally putting a cork in the bottle means that all we need to do now is label the bottles and they’ll be ready to go.

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Sparkling Wine – Aperitif or Food Matcher?

Wine and food-matching is like sex and pizza, even when its bad, it’s still pretty good. Wish I could claim that quote, but unfortunately wine expert Mike Oldman beat me to the punch.

What I will say is that wine and food pairing is an art-form, books have been and are continued to be written about it. It’s a riddle, with basis in science yet subjective, with no right and wrong answers but a rule book longer than your arm. There is so much to learn yet it relies on our natural instinct. A complete contradiction, in other words!

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Wednesday 7th March 2018 Mothers Day Vineyard Beauty Event £25

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Please join us for an exceptional beauty event inspired by our vineyard

Enjoy gentle exercise and learn about the flora and fauna in our vineyard on a short guided walk around the Estate.

Enjoy a beauty workshop using the Caudalie range of vine based cosmetics, with the focus on anti-ageing skincare. All purchases made on the day attract a 10% reduction on the usual price. Spend £50 and receive a gift worth £35!Enjoy a glass of Sussex Sparkling and a light lunch, cooked by our resident chef using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Leave refreshed, restored and with a prescription to see you through the spring!

Why not buy as a gift?

Location. Flint Barns, Rathfinny Wine Estate

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Pruning again!

I risk repeating myself every season when I’m asked to blog about pruning.

Yes, it’s cold. No, we don’t prune in the rain (Yes, it is possible in England to not prune in the rain). Yes, we are using local labour (Yes, they do want to work).

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All Quiet

The image above was taken last weekend as I caught up on some peace and quiet by asking my four kids, aka The Tribe, to count the vines.

On Monday I was delivering some of our Seven Sisters Gin to a shop and I got chatting to one of their customers and they stated “must be quiet up at Rathfinny this time of year.”

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