In our 10-year anniversary, we’re shining a light on members of our amazing Vineyard crew to celebrate their essential work on the Vineyard and share their unique stories of what drew them to Rathfinny.
Adele was attracted to Rathfinny by her friend Bev who often regaled tales of the great time she’d had during the hot, sunny harvest of 2018. As Adele found herself between jobs, she applied to join Bev for 2019 harvest, which was possibly the wettest, coldest, muddiest, harvest ever!
Meet David. David joined Rathfinny for Harvest 2019. This was a big change from his previous career in newspaper management as Managing Editor of the Today newspaper, Syndication Director for News International and, in more recent times, setting up a number of small businesses.
Judith wasn’t expecting a complete career change when she originally signed up for Harvest 2015. However, having enjoyed working harvest, she joined the pruning team in January 2016 and has been at Rathfinny ever since.
Meet Sarah. Sarah’s addition to our Vineyard crew was long in the making. Having previously missed the opportunity to work at a vineyard while she was living in Australia, Sarah was delighted to discover Rathfinny was nearby when she moved to Seaford 2 years ago and welcomed the chance to get involved with Harvest 2019. Sarah enjoyed the work so much she has continued to work during the pruning season and is now enjoying learning other aspects of vineyard maintenance.
Meet Julie. Having previously enjoyed running a delicatessen, Julie endured a difficult year and felt the time was right to make a change to her lifestyle, which timed perfectly with joining Rathfinny’s 2019 Harvest team. Since then, Julie has enjoyed working with the team of brilliant characters who spend a lot of time laughing as they pass each other in the vines.
Meet David. In a past life, David worked as a bond trader in London for 27 years and during that time he had an 11 acre vineyard at his home in Wadhurst. Unfortunately, long hours at work meant he had very little time to get involved and enjoy the vineyard, but he did develop an interest and a belief in the potential of Sussex wine.
David was attracted to Rathfinny from a desire to work locally in the fresh air and was intrigued and impressed by the commitment and passion shown by the owners.
At Rathfinny, we aim to support a skilled and local workforce which has been at the heart of our mission since Mark and Sarah Driver established the Estate in 2010. In our 10-year anniversary, we will be shining a light on some of our hard working casual staff who have found themselves drawn to our Vineyard for many different reasons and take a hands on approach to the essential jobs required to cultivate our vines. After all, you cannot make excellent wine from poor quality grapes.