Introducing our Bacchus Gin and Chardonnay Vodka

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first gin and vodka produced from grapes from our 2016 harvest.

Chapel Down Bacchus Gin and Chapel Down Chardonnay Vodka bring together winemaking expertise with modern distillation techniques to produce a unique range of English spirits.  Created using distilled grape skins from a single vintage year, each spirit has been developed to reflect the delicate flavour profile of the wine varietal.  The gin is produced from Bacchus grape skins, an aromatic grape variety fast gaining notoriety as England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc.  The vodka is produced from Chardonnay grape skins from our vineyards in Kent.

The limited edition spirits, ‘The Spirit of Chapel Down’, are packaged in an elegant, custom-made 70ml glass bottle which links back to the two production processes; distillation and winemaking.  The bottom half of the bottle reflects a cut-glass crystal decanter and the frosted top half of the bottle denotes the classic shape of a wine bottle.

Chapel Down Bacchus Gin 2016 (41.2% ABV) is produced from distilled Bacchus grape skins from the 2016 Chapel Down harvest and infused with juniper, coriander, elderflower, orris, angelica, lavender, orange peel and lemon. The result is a highly aromatic gin with heady aromas of citrus fruits and a herbal finish.

Josh Donaghay-Spire, head winemaker, comments: “We wanted to create the perfect aromatic gin from our distilled Bacchus grapes. With delicate aromas of citrus peel, juniper and freshly cut grass it makes the perfect, refreshing English gin and tonic.”

Chapel Down Chardonnay Vodka 2016 (40% ABV) is produced from distilled Chardonnay grape skins also from the 2016 Chapel Down harvest. An expressive vodka with delicate citrus and floral aromas leading to a smooth, creamy palate that is versatile in an array of classic serves and cocktails.

We already have experience in diversifying in to other drinks categories.  In 2011, we launched the premium range of Curious beer and cider; each produced with a winemaking twist.  Our popular Curious Brew lager, which is re-fermented with Champagne yeast, has reported double-digit growth year on year.  Last year, we released a 23 year old English grape brandy, the first to be made from English grapes, which was hailed by leading spirits writer Johnny Ray as “utterly, completely, overwhelmingly, mouth-fillingly delicious”.

Mark Harvey, Chapel Down Managing Director, explains “Our gin and vodka bring a fresh approach to a popular market that is performing well. Our winemaker has single-mindedly focused on developing the very highest quality spirits that reflect the grape varieties from which they are made.

“The result is two unique spirits with simplicity and balance, all delivered in style in a striking, custom-made bottle.  These products have been two years in development and we’re now excited to bring them to market and surprise and delight consumers as we have with our wines.”

The Chapel Down Bacchus Gin 2016 (RRP £35.00, 70cl) is available exclusively through Majestic Wine Warehouse and will be available to order from the Chapel Down website in the new year.  The Chapel Down Chardonnay Vodka 2016 (RRP £32.00, 70cl) is available through Majestic and can be ordered online here.