Vinopolis Press Release - New Spirits Lounge with La Fée

New Boutique Spirits Lounge unveiled as part of the Vinopolis re-launch and tasting experience

Vinopolis is delighted to reveal the latest addition to the renewed wine and spirit tasting destination, a boutique Spirits Lounge complete with La Fée Absinthe, Bloodshot Vodka spirit and Element 29 Vodka products to sample. As part of the huge investment in design and technology for the tasting experience, Vinopolis wants visitors to sample more boutique and exclusive brands, especially with such interest in specialist and premium spirit brands in London being at an all time high.

La Fée  Absinthe champions the green fairy's rich history, being the brand responsible for repealing the bans and making the drink truly accessible and sparking a worldwide modern revival. Working closely with Marie-Claude Delahaye, world-expert and absinthe historian, they recreated, for the first time since the ban of 1915, the first traditional absinthe to be distilled in France. Absinthe has a colourful and remarkable history and there is no one better to experience it with than La Fée, Vinopolis are thrilled to host them in the new spirits lounge with four products for visitors to explore, La Fée Absinthe BlancheLa Fée Absinthe ParisienneLa Fée X.S Absinthe Suisse and La Fée X.S Absinthe Française.

Greenbox Drinks Ltd are the innovative company behind Bloodshot Vodka Spirit and Element 29 Vodka, creating the spirits right here in England from British sourced produce, Greenbox Drinks Ltd are not only committed to the quality of their drinks but also to their environmental impact. Element 29 vodka is actually supplied in a refillable format reducing packaging by 95%, cutting transported weight by 45% and transported volume by 63%. The carbon cost of producing and recycling glass are completely avoided. The same attention to detail was applied to the production and final taste making this copper distilled vodka one to savour.

Bloodshot is a unique drink described as a fiery fusion of exotic spices, hot peppers & heady aromatics.  Intensely savoury & seriously spicy yet retaining a delicate complexity and a smooth, long finish. Created by lover of Bloody Marys, Mark Douglas Hill, developed this drink with the perfectionist in mind and you'll struggle to find a more superior Bloody Mary when you add this blend to tomato juice.

Tickets for the three Vinopolis packages - Essential, Classic, and Quintessential - are now on sale and visitors will have the opportunity to taste any or all of the special spirits on offer.

Managing Director, Lucy Haines commented, 'Delivering an experience unlike any other in London has always been our USP but now to re-open with a dedicated Spirits Lounge to really focus on spirit tasting and enable our visitors to access these types of brands has added a whole new dimension for us. Whether learning how to master the art of serving absinthe or exploring British vodka and enjoying all its complexities, the Vinopolis visitor will complete their wine tasting experience with a flourish. Working in partnership with La Fée  Absinthe and Greenbox Drinks Ltd will further cement our reputation as a destination for wine and spirit tasting enthusiasts.'

More about The Vinopolis Experience

Set under the soaring railway arches of a former viaduct the new reception area, just metres from the Thames path is large and welcoming, encouraging people to dwell in the bar area to wait for friends and get acquainted with the experience they are about to embark on.

It is here that the hi-tech visitor cards will be pre-loaded with tokens for the experience and the visitor maps will be collected. The cards will enable visitors to choose exactly what tastings they want to sample. They'll also capture the drinkers preferences, enabling them to develop their tastes on their next visit and purchase the wines they have enjoyed the most.


The experience is made up of four main components:


The Winery: Visitors can browse through the interactive screens and find out a bit more about how wine is produced, the whole process from grape to glass.


Welcome theatre:  One of the most popular features from our previous tour packed with simple take- home facts and interaction with our experts.


The Geography room will highlight weather systems and wine making regions across the world and how the two are linked and what impact climate has on flavours.


The Tasting Zones: Most of the tasting happens here - with state of the art enomatic machines, wall panels and huge interactive tables, find out more and get suggestions on what to sample next.


DiscoveryDiscover historic wines from Georgia and English sparkling wine from award-winning English producer, Nyetimber and learn how we got to the drink we take such pleasure in today.


Canard-Duchêne Champagne Room: Head to the Canard-Duchêne Champagne room for a taster of this prestigious French producer with hand poured Champagnes and three products to sample.


Spirits LoungeA snug lounge situated towards the end of the wine experience is where visitors can challenge their taste buds further and try our boutique spirits, La Fée  Absinthe, Bloodshot Vodka spirit and Element 29 Vodka.



*Experiences are priced at:

  • Essential: £27 - 7 tokens
  • Classic: £32 - 12 tokens
  • Quintessential: £38 - 16 tokens

Saturday tickets carry an additional peak charge of £5


More about The Restaurants

Cantina Vinopolis: Our fine dining experience located under two of the most stunning of the railway arches. Recently reviewed, as the sort of restaurant where no matter how full you get: you keep on ordering because you want to keep on tasting the food


Del Mercato & Pizzeria: The newest member of the family, Del Mercato is our Italian hub focusing on the simplicity and flavours of exceptional Italian cuisine. Due to open in the Autumn of 2012.


Brew Wharf: Our gastro-pub and micro-brewery with a sunny terrace overlooking the hustle and bustle of Borough Market. Homemade and artisan beers are served alongside delicious pub grub.


Wine Wharf: This is our snug little wine bar, a perfect retreat from the busy streets, where you can sample from an extensive wine list. Visitors who don't have time for the full Vinopolis tasting experience can pop in here just for a taster and little respite from the elements.


Bar Blue: A stylish bar serving everyone's favourite cocktails, and a few surprises, Bar Blue is a haven for after work downtime, drinks receptions and lazy afternoons catching up with friends.


More about The Event Space  

Whether you're looking for a traditional venue, a contemporary one, or a mix of both, Vinopolis has one of the most flexible event spaces in London.


The impressive Great Halls accommodate up to 750 guests and are great for tiered events that require a dinner and reception. The Mezzanine hosts up to 350 guests and is popular for break-out sessions and small exhibitions. Neighbouring space Academia fits up to 100 guests and can be used as a complement to larger events or as a space in its own right, great for dinners, civil ceremonies or civil partnerships. The Gallery has space for up to 200 guests and is ideal for product launches and exhibitions. Finally if you require a space for small conferences and meetings The Boardroom holds a maximum 50 guests and is equipped with full AV facilities.


Whatever the occasion, the Vinopolis Events Team is on hand to turn your vision into reality and ensure your event is one to remember.


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