Mark’s blog…

We’re delighted and a little excited to announce that our new wines, a Blanc de Noirs from 2015 and our Rosé 2016 will be launched to the trade at an event at the fabulous Ritz Hotel next Wednesday 1st May and will go on general sale through our UK agent Gonzalez Byass (UK) from 1st June.

These wines, together with our 2014 Blanc de Blancs, will be available by the glass throughout the Ritz hotel for the month of May as the ‘Sparkling Wine of the Month’.

Rathfinny Sussex Sparkling Wine at the Ritz

This is a terrific honour for Rathfinny, as we are only the third sparkling wine from outside the Champagne region to appear on the wine list at the Ritz, and this is only the second time in the 113 year history of The Ritz Hotel that a sparkling wine from outside Champagne has been awarded the accolade of ‘Sparkling Wine of the Month’.

Ritz Sommelier Pouring Rathfinny

This relationship was struck when Giovanni Ferlito, the Head Sommelier at The Ritz hotel, visited Rathfinny in early 2017. As he said in a recent interview:

We’re delighted that the launch of the first release of Rathfinny’s Blanc de Noirs, the 2015 vintage, will be taking place at The Ritz London on 1st May. I have been a fan of Rathfinny since I had the privilege to visit the Estate in 2017, and believe that the quality of their wines marks them as a leading light within the industry. Rathfinny is the second ever English sparkling wine to be featured in our ‘sparkling wine of the month’ calendar, in the hotel’s 113-year history. With a premium and complex style, I firmly believe Rathfinny represents some of the finest quality in sparkling wine production today, and I look forward to sharing with our hotel guests.”

Rathfinny Sparkling Rose in an Ice Bucket

I really hope you are able to visit the Ritz Hotel during May to sample our new wines, which will also be available from the Cellar Door from the 1st May 2019 and from various other outlets from 1st June 2019.

I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. The 2015 Blanc De Noirs is truly fantastic on its own and delightful with food, and the new 2016 Rosé is summer in a glass. So pop along to enjoy these new wines in the regal splendour of the Ritz Hotel.