Eleven English and Welsh wineries that make their own spirits and vermouth


Rathfinny, established in 2010 in Alfriston, released its first spirit before its first sparkling wines. Unveiled in 2016, the producer’s Seven Sisters gin is made from a blend of 30% grape spirit and 70% grain spirit and infused with nine botanicals, including juniper, coriander, angelica, orris, liquorice, lemon, bitter orange, angelica seed and hyssop.

The English wine producer also makes a vermouth, made from Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grapes grown on its estate. It is infused with botanicals such as artichoke, gentian, calamus root, wormwood, angelica and the zest of bitter orange, lemon and pink grapefruit.

Rathfinny currently makes three Sussex sparklers – the first launched in 2018 – including a blanc de blancs, a rosé and blanc de noirs. It also makes still wines under the Cradle Valley label, including a white blend made from Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc and a Pinot Noir rosé. In 2018, due to the bountiful vintage, it made its first still red Pinot Noir.

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