AV Aqua Vitae

AV Aqua Vitae


Aqua vitae is a product that has been in existence since before the Middle Ages and was typically prepared by the repeated distillation of wine. It was sometimes called “spirits of wine” in English texts and in Latin it translates to “water of life”. We have bought this product up to date by using premium English grown Chardonnay grapes, top quality copper pot distillation and by utilising the latest technology.

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Hattingley Valley decided to hand harvest chardonnay grapes earlier than usual from the vineyards in order to retain a high level of acidity specifically for this project. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented in the same way that is used for the production of its sparkling wine. Once the fermentation had finished, 7500 litres of chardonnay went to a specialist distiller who used small copper pot stills for the distillation. In order to achieve the best quality spirit, this was repeated five times, each occasion concentrated and refined the product.


This Aqua Vitae is a smooth digestif to enjoy at the end of the meal and benefits from being served straight out of the freezer. It also makes an ideal white base spirit for a cocktail that focuses on English products.


On the palate, the spirit is smooth and textured with a medium weight body. Liquorice and spicy notes appear and blend well with the honey flavours that initially appear on the nose. A very smooth clean finish.



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