The origins of Stone’s Original Ginger Wine, the UK’s favourite ginger tipple, are well documented. The drink’s roots date back to 1740 and the foundation of a company called The Finsbury Distilling Company in the City of London.
The drinks business was booming and distilleries were flourishing across London. This was the era of Hogarth’s ‘Gin Lane’ and the widespread drunkenness and disorderly conduct in parts of the city was becoming cause for concern. As a result in 1751 an excise act was passed prohibiting distillers from selling direct to the public.
GINGER’S MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Sales of Stone’s Original Green Ginger Wine continued to grow during the 19th century. In 1832, amid the cholera epidemic, sales were boosted by the widely held belief that ginger offered protection against the disease.
Ginger’s medicinal properties – it has also been hailed as an aid to digestion and as an effective aphrodisiac – undoubtedly contributed to the everlasting popularity (and cult like following) of Stone’s Original Green Ginger Wine.