Ethical wine producer diversifies with launch of limited-edition vintage-led gin
Terlingham Vineyard has launched Terlingham Bacchus Dry Gin, an innovative, small-batch spirit made with English wine produced in Kent on naturally farmed land.
Ideally placed to satisfy consumer demand for ethical, and sustainable spirits, each batch of gin is a limited edition and produced with seasonal wines from grapes grown just once per year and with zero artificial chemicals. No two batches are the same, with the year of production placed on each bottle neck, encouraging repeat custom for retailers as the consumer trend to seek out exclusive, high-quality spirits continues.
Terlingham Bacchus Dry Gin is created by first distilling the vineyard’s award-winning Bacchus Wine – which is produced using grapes grown from the same chalk seam as the Champagne region – into an ‘eau de vie’. This unique ingredient is then combined with gin crafted using locally foraged botanicals from Terlingham’s home in Folkestone before more wine is added to produce the final liquid.
Terlingham Vineyard are following consumers demand for premium spirits to be produced sustainably and have partnered with Locavore Growing Project, a community food growing initiative, to source its gin botanicals where possible. The gin is bottled in 100% post-consumer recyclable glass.
The news comes as 72% of UK consumers say purchasing ethically sourced or produced items matters. The study from Opentext indicates that when shopping online, 41% of UK consumers now make a conscious effort to purchase locally sourced or produced items to support local businesses and reduce their carbon footprint.
Terlingham Bacchus Dry Gin has recently claimed a gold medal at The Spirits Business Spring Tasting Competition 2022 and a silver medal at the 2022 IWSC.
Jackie Wilks, Co-founder, Terlingham Vineyard commented: “We’ve spent over a decade perfecting our wine-making skills, which are rooted in a sustainable and ethical approach to production, and we felt it was time to take our award-winning wine and bring something a little different to market.
“Marrying both wine and gin together in this manner is a unique process and allows us to produce one-of-a kind vintage-led gin. This in itself offers us a special USP, something that we feel will resonate with gin and wine loving consumers alike.
“By combining both our widely applauded Bacchus Wine with foraged nettle and coriander from our neighbouring community garden, alongside other fresh botanicals, we’ve taken great care to ensure that our flagship gin reflects not only reflects Terlingham Vineyard, but also Folkestone, our home.
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