Rathfinny first to gain ‘Sussex’ approval

Posted by Rachel England on 11 September 2017 |

Rathfinny first to gain ‘Sussex’ approval

Rathfinny in Alfriston, East Sussex, has become the first ‘Sussex’ wine approved estate, under the new Sussex Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) scheme.

The estate’s Cradle Valley wine, which is a blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, passed analytical testing to win approval from a tasting panel, making it the first official ‘Sussex’ wine.

The scheme was temporarily approved by the UK government earlier this year, and is currently going through the EU authorisation process in Brussels. It aims to protect and guarantee authenticity and origin, with wines bearing the accreditation adhering to strict guidelines.

Compared to generic English PDO schemes, the Sussex PDO has a more onerous set of rules regarding viticulture and oenology, including a limitation on the grape varieties that can be used, higher natural minimum alcohol levels, and higher analytical standards.

Speaking to Harpers, Rathfinn Estate owner Mark Driver said: ““I am very pleased to get Sussex off the ground and expect to see others applying for Sussex PDO status with this years’ harvest.”

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