English wine distilled gin from Foxhole spirits

The first gin distilled with English wine grapes picked from Sussex vineyards has just been launched by Foxhole Spirits.

The handcrafted gin, now available in small batches, is made by using the by-products of winemaking by pressing the unused juice from English wine grapes.

“In a typical English wine harvest, because of the nature of wine-making, around 30 to 40% of the grape material is not used and normally gets thrown away,” James Oag-Cooper, Foxhole Spirits co-founder, said. “However, when it is put through a second pressing, we can use the juice to create a gin with a beautiful balance of floral and citrus characteristics.

“As a company, we want to promote sustainability across the drinks industry and reduce industry waste,” he added. “This process provides Foxhole Gin with a production method that is unique and not currently used for any other gin produced in the UK.”

Founders of Foxhole Spirits, Sam Linter and James Oag-Cooper created the spirit after pursuing their passion for sustainability and utilising by-products of winemaking. Along with the grapes, this premium London Dry Gin is also infused with the botanicals Juniper, Coriander, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Liquorice Root, Bitter Orange, Fresh Lemon Zest, Grapefruit Zest, Angelica Seed and diluted with natural spring water.

The name Foxhole originates from one of the vineyards where the English wine grapes have been handpicked. The first batch, made from the 2014 vintage, is launching as a limited edition of 960 bottles. Foxhole Gin is available through www.foxholespirits.com and a selection of independent retailers and bars, priced from £40.

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