English wine producer Bolney enters gin market

Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex has released its first gin.

The botanicals used to make the gin include hawthorn leaves from the estate’s own hedgerows.

A portion of the spirit is a distillate of fermented juice from the Bolney grape press deemed unsuitable to make wine but which the producer said added “something uniquely Bolney to the gin”.

Bolney managing director and head winemaker Sam Linter has previously been involved in establishing Foxhole gin, another brand that has English wine grape distillate in its recipe.

Linter said: “Having mastered winemaking we thought it was time we ventured into gin.

“Bolney Estate Gin has all the attributes to be a huge success. There is a subtlety of flavour which has surprised and delighted all that have tasted the gin so far.”