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Gin made from
vine blossoms and grapes

Did you know that the earliest gins were made with grape brandy? With the rise of trade and ecological commerce, grains gradually replaced grapes as the basis for gin. Grains are cheaper to grow and cheaper to distill, and today make up nearly 99% of gin worldwide.

Why should you settle for a gin that sacrifices flavor for ease of production? You shouldn’t! That’s why master distiller Jean-Sébastien Robicquet and his team at Maison Villevert decided to disregard the rules and establish their own methods. The Villevert vineyard is what inspired him to challenge the status quo and develop his own unique recipe, standing out from the big liquor houses and using grapes to distinguish his spirit.

Gin de France

The grape at the
heart of the gin

The idea to produce a gin made of neutral grape spirit came to Jean-Sébastien Robiquet in 2006. Already surrounded by the grapes, the only thing missing was finding that special aromatic plant that would separate G’Vine Floraison from all of its competitors. And so, with the addition of the fleeting vine blossoms, G’Vine was born!

The use of grape lends this Gin de France a naturally more silky texture and heady aroma than grain-based spirits. By providing the perfect smooth backdrop for the added plant and spice blend, G’Vine surprises drinkers with its originality at every turn.

Ugni blanc: the white wine grape

The ugni blanc grape is responsible for many of our favorite refined white wines and for our favorite, G’Vine. Originally from Italy, the grape was brought to France in the 14th century when the Pope briefly moved to Avignon in southern France. Once there, the grape flourished in the native climate and soil.

Through the Middle Ages, Ugni blanc cultivation continued to evolve into delicious brandies, commonly known during that time as “eaux ardentes,” or ardent waters. The unique properties of these particular grapes allowed them to easily achieve the perfect balance of fragrant acidity and sweetness. During the Hundred Years War, Cognac was born from the same lands as Maison Villevert’s vineyards.

Vine blossoms
In his quest for a truly original gin, master distiller Jean-Sébastien Robicquet came up with the radical idea of macerating vine blossoms in neutral grape spirit. He knew it was a risk, but one that he had to take. By gathering grape flowers during their few days of bloom in June, they would no longer be able to produce grapes for a traditional September harvest. Once macerated, he mixed in juniper and nine other plants and spices, creating a signature heady blend.

Grapes: the secret to a fresh and floral gin

The G’Vine Floraison launch in 2006 was met with immense success! The new and unfamiliar grape-based gin seduced and surprised palates with its elegant and unexpected bouquet.

Gin de France
Gin de France

Benefits of
Ugni blanc

Using Ugni blanc as the neutral grape spirit base creates the roundness and structure to support G’Vine’s incomparable delicate balance of botanical aromas and spices. This elegant harmony is exactly what makes this Gin de France a favorite among all lovers of mixology.

Fresh grape flowers

Whether new to the world of gin or a seasoned connoisseur, it’s hard not to be impressed by G’Vine Floraison’s bold and unconventional flavor. Every subtle character of the vine blossom is enhanced by the alcohol infusion. Its delicate fragrance when blossoming on the vine transforms into a stunningly fresh aroma enriching each sip.