Chapel Down said the vodka and gin are made with grapes from its 2016 harvest

Chapel Down said the vodka and gin are made with grapes from its 2016 harvest

English wine producer Chapel Down has launched its first gin and vodka expressions, as it looks to move further into the spirits category.

The company, which released a brandy last year, said the new products will both be made with grapes from its 2016 harvest. The gin is produced from Bacchus grape skins while the vodka is produced from Chardonnay grape skins from Chapel Down's Kent vineyards, in the south-east of the UK.

Mark Harvey, Chapel Down's MD, said: "We see a significant opportunity ahead in super-premium spirits for Chapel Down. We have chosen to develop products with a simplicity of style that we think will cut through the competing noise in these high-growth segments."

The products are:

  • Chapel Down Bacchus Gin 2016 (41.2% abv) - produced from distilled Bacchus grape skins and infused with juniper, coriander, elderflower, orris, angelica, lavender, orange peel and lemon
  • Chapel Down Chardonnay Vodka 2016 (40% abv) - produced from distilled Chardonnay grape skins, with citrus and floral aromas

The gin and vodka are on sale from today for GBP35 (US$47) and GBP32 per bottle, respectively. They are available exclusively for four months through Majestic Wine Warehouse and Chapeldown.com. The products will also be available at branches of London cocktail bar group Mr Fogg's.

Chapel Down has expanded beyond its wine base in the past few years. Along with the brandy, the company has released a range of beer and cider under the Curious brand.

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