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Rathfinny Wine Estate

East Sussex


Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5TU

Tel: +44 (0)1323 871 031

Rathfinny Wine Estate


Rathfinny Wine Estate was established in 2010 near Alfriston in the South Downs of Sussex, one of England’s exceptional natural landscapes, with the express intention of producing some of the world’s best sparkling wine.

Rathfinny occupies a perfect south facing slope, just three miles from the sea, and its climate, chalk soils and aspect make it probably the most perfect place to produce wine in a region that is already producing some of the best, award winning English sparkling wines.

The Rathfinny Wine Estate Vineyard will develop to become one of the largest single vineyards in England and one of the largest in Europe. The RIBA nominated state-of-the-art winery is capable of producing over one million bottles of Sussex Sparkling wine annually. The Estate aims to achieve quality levels that will see the Sussex Sparkling wine winning international awards and being enjoyed all over the world.

ESTATE TOURS. A guided walk through the Vineyard, learning about winemaking in the Winery, followed by a Winemaker’s Lunch or Afternoon Tea, with a stunning view from the Tasting Room.

FLINT BARNS. Stay at our “home away from home” and enjoy locally sourced, home-cooked food.

RATHFINNY TRAIL. Walk across the Estate, learning as you go about the Vineyard, the landscape and the wildlife from our talking posts.

THE GUN ROOM. Our shop and Cellar Door where you can taste our wine and where we offer an exclusive range of art and gifts with a local flavour. Visit the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Heritage Centre upstairs.

Access to the Estate is by appointment only unless walking on the Rathfinny Trail.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Afternoon Tea Tour£35.00 per ticket
Winemakers Lunch Tour£55.00

Our Tours now run Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free) - Only if attending an event

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Euros accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside - South Downs National Park


Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

THE GUN ROOM BY BUS. There are local buses to Alfriston village. Take the 126 bus, which runs from Eastbourne to Seaford, via Polegate and Alfriston. Alight at The Willows Car Park just at the entrance
to Alfriston.
From here, walk up North Street to the centre of the village and the High Street, and follow the directions outlined in the By Car paragraph above.

ALFRISTON BY TRAIN. The nearest stations to Alfriston are Seaford, Berwick and Polegate.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Access to the Estate is by appointment only unless walking on the Rathfinny Trail

Open by arrangement for private hire

Not open Christmas and New Year

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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