Bolney taps into English Vermouth trend

Bolney Wine Estate has become the second Sussex producer this year to create a Vermouth, and the first to make a Rosso variant.

Bolney was the first English Vineyard to create red wine commercially and it is now about to launch the first ever Sussex Red Vermouth.

Sam Linter, md and head winemaker at Bolney, worked with fellow winemaker, Alex Rabagliati, who led the trials of numerous flavour blends, to devise the new English Vermouth.

The fortified wine is made using botanicals growing in Bolney’s own vineyard hedgerows. Along with the sloes and elderberries, Bolney has used surplus grape juice for the Vermouth, ensuring nothing is wasted in the wine making process.

Linter said Bolney’s Vermouth is “the perfect ingredient for the classic Negroni, which is back in fashion for 2018”.

Bolney’s Rosso Vermouth will be officially launched at the London Wine Fair on May 21.

Earlier this month Albourne Estate launched its vermouth, 40. The expression features 40 botanicals.

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