Chapel Down launches its own gin and vodka
England’s leading wine maker Chapel Down has expanded its product range with the launch of its first gin and vodka.
Chapel Down Bacchus Gin and Chapel Down Chardonnay Vodka bring together winemaking expertise with modern distillation techniques to produce a unique range of English spirits.
Created using distilled grape skins from a single vintage year, each spirit has been developed to reflect the delicate flavour profile of the wine varietal.
The gin is produced from Bacchus grape skins, an aromatic grape variety fast gaining notoriety as England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc. The vodka is produced from Chardonnay grape skins from the wine producer’s vineyards in Kent.
Josh Donaghay-Spire, head winemaker at Chapel Down, said: “We wanted to create the perfect aromatic gin from our distilled Bacchus grapes. With delicate aromas of citrus peel, juniper and freshly cut grass it makes the perfect, refreshing English gin and tonic.”
The Kent-based wine producer already has experience in diversifying in to other drinks categories. In 2011, Chapel Down launched the premium range of Curious beer and cider; each produced with a winemaking twist. The popular Curious Brew lager, which is re-fermented with Champagne yeast, has reported double-digit growth year on year.
Last year, Chapel Down released a 23-year-old English grape brandy, the first to be made from English grapes, which was hailed by leading spirits writer Johnny Ray as “utterly, completely, overwhelmingly, mouth-fillingly delicious”.
Mark Harvey, Chapel Down managing director, explains: “We see a significant opportunity ahead in super-premium spirits for Chapel Down.
“We have chosen to develop products with a simplicity of style that we think will cut-through the competing noise in these high-growth segments.
“Our winemaker has developed products that faithfully reflect the balance and refreshing taste profile of the grape varietals from which they are made. These products are then packaged in an elegant custom-made, cut-glass design.
“After two years in development we are now excited to share these new spirits with the growing congregation of Chapel Down fans!”
Published: 30 November 2017