Rathfinny Wines from England

English wines, are they any good? And can they be sold successfully outside of England? Yes, and yes.

These are stunning wines from one of the most celebrated estates in England. Set in the South Downs area, which begin almost immediately as soon as you head out of Brighton on the A23 to London.

The estate was established in 2010 by husband and wife Mark and Sarah Driver. Located on land with rich chalky content in the soils, there is a strong sense of familiarity with Champagne vineyards, which is understandable because the region sits on same 'Paris Basin', the sub-strata of rock that covers the North of France and Champagne, running under the Channel into Kent and Sussex.

The Downs themselves are about three miles from the sea, and are sheltered by any poor weather by the roll of the hills onto which they sit, soaking up the sun and warmth (which, of course, is ever increasing in the 21st Century).

This adds to the story and the possibility that Rathfinny sets out to achieve - that Sussex becomes a reference point as much as Champagne. And that each wine is a vintage-dated bottling. It's a serious ambition, but the generosity with which they approach the industry is nothing short of inspirational. It's about knowledge and experience sharing and a search for the best quality that the region can collectively promote

Rathfinny Wines from England

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