Foxhole creates English gin from wine grapesBy Amy Hopkins
Foxhole Spirits has launched a new London dry gin distilled from English wine grapes – said to be the first product of its kind.
Foxhole Gin presses the unused juice from grapes grown for wine in Sussex vineyards, which its founder claims creates a more sustainable product.
“In a typical English wine harvest, because of the nature of winemaking, around 30-40% of the grape material is not used and normally gets thrown away,” said James Oag-Cooper, founder of Foxhole Spirits.
“[H]owever, when it is put through a second pressing, we can use the juice to create a gin with a beautiful balance of floral and citrus characteristics.
“As a company, we want to promote sustainability across the drinks industry and reduce industry waste. This process provides Foxhole Gin with a production method that is unique and not currently used for any other gin produced in the UK.”
Foxhole Gin is named after one of the vineyards where the English wine grapes were picked. It contains botanicals including juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, liquorice root, bitter orange, fresh lemon zest, grapefruit zest and angelica seed.
The first batch of the gin has been made with 2014 vintage grapes. Just 960 bottles of Foxhole Gin have launched with an RRP of £40.00.
The “first English gin” distilled from grapes – Chilgrove Dry Gin – launched in the UK more than two years ago.