Base Spirit: Grape

The base spirit of a gin refers to the distillate to which botanicals were added. It’s helpful to think about the base spirit as a vodka-like spirit that the distiller used as a starting point— a blank canvas upon which the gin was designed.

But choice of base alone doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to taste it. Depending on choices the distiller makes, such as how many times the base is distilled, or to what strength it is distilled to— there might be no character at all coming from the base spirit.

Grape Base

Gin is rather unique among spirit categories. While many spirits are defined by the type of distillate— for gin this is not true. Gin can have any base spirit, and as long juniper is predominant. It’s gin.

Grape Base is particularly complicated, because there are great deal of specific categories that refer to different parts/ways that grape is treated during the distillation process. Gins which feature a grape base could fall into any one of these categories.

Grape Pomace (the leftovers of the wine making process) is the process which creates Grappa, Zivania, or Grozdova. Burnt wines— b.k.a. Brandy— use wine as the base. This category also includes Armagnac, Cognac and Pisco. But furthermore, grape alone can  be used as a base. This would be something akin to a grape eau-de-vie. Though like any other base, grape can be distilled to a point of nearly pure neutrality leaving absolutely zero grape character.

Gins with a Grape Base



Ginny’s Gin

Last updated February 20th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Bush Tucker Gin

Last updated December 14th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

No Mistake Old Tom Gin

Last updated November 12th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

G’vine Nouaison

Last updated October 8th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Big Sur Gin

Last updated October 7th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Washtub Gin

Last updated September 16th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Old Hollywood Ginn

Last updated July 22nd, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

London to Lima Gin

Last updated June 13th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

G’vine Floraison

Last updated April 22nd, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Xoriguer Mahón Gin

Last updated April 17th, 2016 by Aaron Knoll

Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin

Last updated August 14th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Bummer and Lazarus Gin

Last updated June 8th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Gin 1495: Interpretatio

Last updated May 20th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Gin 1495 Verbatim

Last updated May 19th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Blade Gin

Last updated May 13th, 2013 by Aaron Knoll

Seneca Drums Gin

Last updated January 21st, 2011 by Aaron Knoll