Our Tasting Room & Cellar Door
ABOUT. Situated within our Sussex Heritage Award-winning Winery, with panoramic views of the Vineyard and the beautiful South Downs, you can drop in to taste and purchase our Sussex Sparkling, Sussex still wines and Seven Sisters spirits.
Led by chef Chris Bailey, the Tasting Room restaurant offers dining from a menu of seasonal, modern British cuisine that changes on a regular basis. We do recommend booking (lunch and dinner only). We also have a carefully selected range of gifts and wine related products from our Cellar Door.
Children are welcome at the Tasting Room during the day. As we are a working Vineyard they must be supervised at all times, we want to keep everyone safe. We don’t have a specific menu for children but they are welcome to eat from the light bites menu at lunch time if the full menu is not suitable. We would generally recommend that dinner reservations are suitable for children over the age of 12, but please do call us if you would like to discuss in more detail.
- Lunch. 12noon – 3pm
- Dinner. 6pm – 10.30pm (last orders 9pm)
- Light bites. 11am – 5pm
- Tastings. 11am – 6pm
Taste Our Wine
Drop in to the Tasting Room to taste our Sussex Sparkling wines. Our Sussex Sparkling wine is crafted in the Traditional Method, where the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle, after which it is left to age on the yeast lees for a minimum of 24 months to develop wonderful autolytic notes. Our still Sussex wine, Cradle Valley, is light and crisp and made from a blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.
TOUR & TASTING
Join us on a tour of the Estate, during which you will see how we turn our grapes into Sussex Sparkling wine. Walking through the vines in a small group with our experienced guide, exploring the Vineyard and the history and wildlife of the Estate, allows you to fully appreciate Rathfinny’s place in this classic landscape.
During this enjoyable tour, you will learn how a typical year of growing vines and wine production progresses. Among the highlights are a visit to our RIBA nominated Winery to learn about the process and care it takes to make traditional method Sussex Sparkling wine.
The tour ends in our beautifully designed Tasting Room where you can enjoy glorious views of the Vineyard and the South Downs and be guided through a tasting of our Sussex wines. You’re welcome to stay after your tour, where you will have a guaranteed seat at a table, or come before (subject to availability) and dine in the Tasting Room restaurant where you can sample our delicious menu of fresh, seasonal dishes that change on a regular basis.
Dine In Our Tasting Room
Led by chef Chris Bailey, the Tasting Room restaurant offers dining from a menu of seasonal, modern British cuisine that changes weekly. We offer light bites, lunch and dinner. We do recommend booking.
Contact & Find Us
Rathfinny Wine Estate
DIRECTIONS TO THE ESTATE. Please visit our Get In Touch page.
THE TASTING ROOM AND CELLAR DOOR. Continue on the track past the Estate Office (the second building on your right) for about half a mile and the Tasting Room and Cellar Door is in a building on your left.
DOG POLICY. Sorry, as much as we love dogs here at Rathfinny, we are not able to accommodate them in the Tasting Room, with the exception of guide dogs.