Nestled in a fold of the English South Downs, on chalk soils just 5km from the English Channel, Rathfinny celebrates its tenth birthday this year. Established by Mark and Sarah Driver in 2010 after the former hedge fund manager paid £5m for the estate, its first vines were planted in 2012.
There’s no shortage of ambition here. The Drivers intended from the outset to produce wines that would compete with the finest sparkling wines in the world – including Champagne – and the goal is to have around 150ha under vine, making it one of the UK’s largest vineyard sites.
In 2015, Rathfinny bottled their first wine
Rathfinny Range: First Taste
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Source: Amy Wislocki