Bolney Wine Estate has unveiled its new red vermouth this past weekend, gifting the drinks industry its first ever Sussex rosso.
From the same vineyard that created commercial English red wine, the move to vermouth was a natural step. Crafted by Bolney’s head winemaker Sam Linter and fellow winemaker Alex Rabagliati, who led the trials of numerous flavour blends, they have used botanicals growing in Bolney’s own vineyard hedgerows.
With the masses of sloes and elderberries going to waste each year, Linter and Rabagliati say they are thrilled to be able to incorporate them alongside some of Bolney’s surplus grape juice.
Suggested to be enjoyed long with tonic water, the winery has joined forced with Fever Tree to champion the V&T.
The 40-year-old Sussex vineyard has already got the vermouth on sale online, where it is described as ‘rich, delicious hedgerow fruits with floral herb, eucalyptus notes and the classic aroma of wormwood.’