Sussex wine-maker releases its first English vermouth


Bolney Rosso Vermouth

An English vermouth has been produced by Bolney Wine Estate in West Sussex, using ingredients grown in local hedgerows.

Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in creating English wines, the vineyard’s managing director and head winemaker Sam Linter created the new aperitif with winemaker Alex Rabagliati.

Described as the first-ever rosso or red vermouth from Sussex, the fortified wine has distinctive flavour profiles from the use of botanicals such as sloes and elderberries from the vineyard’s hedgerows.

Sam and Alex have also been able to use some of Bolney’s surplus grape juice for the vermouth, ensuring that nothing is wasted in the wine-making process. It is bottled at 20% ABV.

Three serve suggestions have been created for Bolney’s Rosso English Vermouth in collaboration with mixer brand Fever-Tree. Served in a bowl stemmed glass full of ice, they are dubbed a V&T – a vermouth and tonic.

The vermouth is recommended with Fever-Tree Elderflower tonic water plus lemon thyme and a wheel of orange, with Fever-Tree Indian tonic water plus rosemary or lavender, and with Fever-Tree Aromatic tonic water with an orange wheel. It is also recommended for using in a classic Negroni.

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