The makers of an award-winning Yorkshire sloe gin have discovered an artistic link to the fruits of their labour. It seems the team from Raisthorpe Manor forage for sloes in the exact spot where David Hockney painted a Yorkshire landscape.
Julia Medforth, owner of Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods, near Malton, North Yorkshire, saw the familiar trees displayed for the first time at Hockney's groundbreaking show at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, 'David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture' exhibition – to which the Duchess of Cambridge has recently paid a visit.
Raisthorpe Manor produces an award-winning range of traditional drinks, liqueurs and luxury preserves, including sloe gin made with locally sourced ingredients.
“We couldn’t believe it when we saw the painting in the Hockney show catalogue and realized those same three trees were the ones that bordered our land, where we regularly gather ingredients for our liqueurs” said Julia. “It’s amazing to feel you’re living and working inside a famous artwork – especially one by one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century!”
Raisthorpe Manor’s Sloe Gin won gold in the Sloe Gin Awards last year, while other company awards include a Great Taste Award 2010 and 2011 for Raisthorpe’s Whisky & Blackcurrant Tipple, Raspberry Gin Liqueur, Sloe Gin, Shoot Shots Sloe Gin, Damson Gin Liqueur and Orange Liqueur Jam, a Yorkshire Post Taste Award for its Raspberry Gin Liqueur, and a 2012 Deliciously Yorkshire award for Best New Product for its Sloe Port.