Sustainable gin which uses by-products of Sussex winery releases second batch

A British gin distilled with grapes from a Sussex vineyard is gearing up to release of its second batch following its launch in September.

Conceived as a sustainable project to use by-products of the winemaking industry, Foxhole Gin is made using grapes from Bolney Wine Estate and is being billed as the “first ever gin distilled with English wine grapes picked from Sussex”.

Six months into the project, co-founders James Oag-Cooper and Sam Linter, who is the managing director and head winemaker at Bolney, are upping the number of bottles to 1,920 for its second run, building on the success of the 960 bottles sold since their launch last year.

The name Foxhole refers to one of the Bolney vineyards where the English wine grapes were picked.

As well as for its potential for minimising waste by using by-products of the wine industry, Oag-Cooper explained how each vintage adds a new element to the gin.

“No two grape vintages are the same. Our raw material changes from year to year so it’s really interesting to taste the subtle variations of batch 2,” said the distiller.

“The quality and the perfect flavour balance of Foxhole Gin are characteristics that don’t alter, so we know that existing customers will continue to enjoy it and new customers will love it.”

Foxhole Gin is currently being distributed to online stores, independent retailers, bars and restaurants.




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