Rathfinny Wine Estate

Seven Sisters Gin  

So what do you do with what the French call Rebêche, the third pressing of grapes?

After we’ve taken the first pressing, the Cuvée, which is high in sugars and acids and comes from the pulp of the grapes and the second pressing, or the Taille, which is much richer but can be lower in acidity and sugars, you’re then left with the third pressing (the Rebêche), when you turn up the pressure and squeeze out the juice left in the grapes nearest to the skin and the grape pips.

The Rebêche is much coarser than the Taille and I have to admit that for the last three years I thought Jonathan was saying “that’s the rubbish”!  Anyway, back to the point – what do you do with the Rebêche?

Well this year Rathfinny sent it off to be distilled.  We spoke to a friendly gin distillery near Guildford and they’ve blended our grape spirit with a grain spirit.  We chose nine botanicals and we’ve made what we feel is a great ‘classic’ gin.

We’ve called it ‘Seven Sisters Gin’ after the magnificent chalk cliffs that border the English Channel between Eastbourne and Seaford that mark the beginning of the South Downs. Do get to try it soon. It’s rather special but we’ve only got a few bottles to sell, so be quick! Before long, we hope you’ll be able to enjoy a “Sisters and Tonic” or a “Sisters on Ice” at your local pub, club or restaurant.  Or of course you can buy it directly from the Gun Room and mix it yourself.  Cheers!

Available to buy from the Gun Room from the 7th March.



    • Lynda – It tastes great – really smooth with a hint of liquorice. It works well with Orange peel which seems to bring out the botanicals …

  • The Gun Room will be offering free tastings during the weekend of 11/12 March. Please join us for a mini ‘Sisters and Tonic’ plus nibbles from 10am to 4pm daily. Look out for the silver and white balloons on the Tye!

  • Mark

    We would love to sell your Sevens Sister Gin here at The Wellington, can you let me know if i can only purchase it at The Gun Room please ??

    Thank you

    Craig Jeffery
    The Wellington Seaford

    • Jason – Sadly we can only deliver to local businesses, but please call the office and discuss this with Richard James. It can be tasted at the Gun Room in Alfriston!

    • Thank you so much. We’re very pleased with it and it shows the quality of our grapes so we can’t wait to release our sparkling next year.

    • Sarah, Our gin is available from various shops nearby. Alfriston Village shop, Middle farm, Symposium in Lewes to name a few… Plus the office is selling our wine and Gin whilst the Cellar Door is closed for harvest. Thanks for asking. Sorry for the slow response.

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