A Kent winery is launching a Spritz-style drink made from honey wine, which it hopes will tap into the consumer demand for wine spritzers.

Marourde is made using honey wine, or mead, which is described as “the world’s oldest new drink”, according to producer Mereworth Wines. The team at the winery said they have “ignited their passion for fermentation and wine-making” to reinvent the ancient tipple for a contemporary audience. By adding locally-inspired botanicals.

Marourde Spritz is medium-dry and has citrus, honey flavours, complimented by woody undertones, with a bright, crisp finish. The producer’s Rose Spritz has flavours of honied hedgerow black fruits, with delicate flavours of elderflower and elderberry.

William Boscawen, founder, said: “There is a culinary nature to this type of winemaking. The process we use with Marourde allows us to be particularly experimental with ingredients and conditions to create a real depth of flavour, which is rarely found in such drinks.

“We are excited to offer Marourde as a refreshing alternative to Prosecco, wine and many of the ready-to-drink offerings which are currently available. We are proud to raise the bar in the ‘wine spritzer’ sector in terms of taste and quality.”