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


Like Rathfinny, Bolney Wine Estate in West Sussex also makes a gin and a vermouth. In 2018, the estate launched a rosso vermouth, distilled with botanicals grown in the vineyard hedgerows.

It is made with with sloe and elderberries, as well as Bolney’s surplus grape juice, allowing the producer to ensure that nothing is wasted during the winemaking process.

More recently, in November 2019, the winery launched its first gin, an expression flavoured with hawthorn leaves and fennel and made using grape distillate produced from press juice that was too phenolic to make wine.

The gin is also flavoured with botanicals including juniper, bay leaf, caraway, cubeb, lemon peel, grain of paradise, fennel and coriander seed.

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