Fruit wines & Mead

Our selection of the new and the notable from the best British drinks producers.
Visit Drinks of the Month for this month's Variety Show

A trilogy of Lurgashall liqueurs

These three berry-based liqueurs in varying brilliant shades of red are all especially appealing at this time of year. They're dark, sumptuous, intensely aromatic and offer the warming comfort of a mulled wine or port, with the added appeal of being made with English-grown fruit. All three expressions - sloe, black cherry, and elderberry port - are new additions to the Lurgashall range, thanks to the stellar efforts of owner and producer Sarah Thompson who only took over the operation a year ago and has spent her time fruitfully by befriending producers in her area with gluts of berries to share. 

British Cassis & friends

Jo Hilditch rose to fame in 2008 when she was awarded a Great Taste Award for her British Cassis, a blackcurrant wine made with fruit from her Herefordshire family farm.

Essentially a British reworking of a French staple, this is like a little black dress - highly versatile and equally at home on many occasions. 

Lurgashall English Honey Mead

This is the most popular of the five styles of mead created by the people at Lurgashall, a winery who specialises in traditional English liqueurs, meads and fruit wines made from natural ingredients.

12.5% £7.50/50cl; £45, case 6x50cl; from the winery & online