Rathfinny Wine Estate

Our Cellar Door

ABOUT. Situated on The Tye in the historic and picturesque village of Alfriston, the Gun Room is said to have been the gun store for the Duke of Wellington. The Gun Room is Rathfinny’s Cellar Door, where you can taste our wine and where we offer carefully selected gifts and wine-related products, championing local goods and artists. Takeaway tea and coffee is available.

Whilst there, visit the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heritage Centre and read about the fascinating history of Alfriston, dating back to the medieval period, and learn more about the Cuckmere Valley and the burgeoning English wine industry.

  • Wine Tasting
  • Estate Tours
  • Shop & Café
  • Heritage Centre

Taste Our Wine

Whilst we await the release of our first Sussex Sparkling in 2018, currently maturing in individual bottles in the Winery, you are invited to taste our still wine in the Gun Room, under the Cradle Valley label. Our wines are light and crisp and generally made from a blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc although we occasionally blend these grape varieties with our Chardonnay.

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The Gun Room Entrance

The Start Of Your Tour

Learn how we turn our grapes into fantastic Sussex Sparkling wine on one of our exclusive tours.

Walking through the vines in a small group with our experienced guide, exploring the Vineyard and the history and wildlife of the Estate, is the beginning of a truly memorable event which incorporates your choice of refreshments Winemaker's Lunch or Afternoon Tea in the beautiful Tasting Room of our Winery. All our Estate Tours start from the Gun Room, so why not come early to have a browse around the shop? You can purchase a voucher from the Gun Room or book online.

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The Gun Room, view from the Tye in Alfriston

Browse Our Shop

We try, where possible, to source all our products in the following priority - local, East Sussex, Sussex, England, UK and international. So for example, we thought long and hard about stocking the superb Caudalie cosmetics range, which is French.  However, as all their products are derived from vines and as they are a company with a similar ethos of excellence to ours, we decided to stock them. Takeaway tea and coffee and a selection of sweet treats are available.

We aim to champion local artists and, for example, we asked ceramicist Alison Milner to design a range using the Estate as her inspiration. Look out on her ceramics, tea towels and stationery for the butterflies and plants she discovered, and even the yellow colouring she got from boiling down one of the plants on our land, the kidney vetch.  Other artists we have established a relationship with include visual artists Lisa Joffe, Julian Sutherland- Beetson and Adam McNaught-Davis, and photographer Viv Blakey, whose gorgeous landscape photographs are also featured throughout this website. We are always keen to hear from more local artists and designers, so pop in or drop us an .

Finally, we’re delighted to be able to showcase a changing selection of Harold Mockford’s paintings. He is one of Sussex’s best artists and it’s an honour to have his work in the Gun Room.

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The Gun Room interior
  • 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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Read About Local History

We have given the upstairs space of the Gun Room to the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Historical Society. There is a permanent display about the fascinating history of Alfriston which dates back to the medieval period. Researched by scholars, this high quality display contains a great deal of information about the local area, showing how this beautiful part of the South Downs has changed over time, ending with information about the burgeoning English wine industry. Please come and enjoy this resource.

This space is also available for local groups to use by prior arrangement with Alison Cowley, the Manager, who can be contacted by telephone or email.

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The Alfriston Heritage Centre within the Gun Room

Contact & Find Us

Gun Room
The Tye
East Sussex
BN26 5TL

Google Map & Directions

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GUN ROOM BY CAR. The Gun Room is a short walk from the two car parks in Alfriston. When you are on Alfriston High Street, walk in the direction of The George Pub, and then turn left down the narrow pathway called The Twitten following the brown tourism sign to the Alfriston Heritage Centre. You can see The Gun Room from the top of the pathway.

GUN ROOM BY BUS. There are local buses to Alfriston village. Take the 126 bus, which runs from Eastbourne to Seaford, via Polegate and Alfriston. Alight at The Willows Car Park just at the entrance to Alfriston. From here, walk up North Street to the centre of the village and the High Street, and follow the directions outlined in the By Car paragraph above.

ALFRISTON BY TRAIN. The nearest stations are Seaford, Berwick and Polegate.

Map of Rathfinny’s Location