The word ‘folc’ is Old English for community, people or family. “It really resonated with what we wanted to do,” says Tom Cannon, co-founder of English rosé brand Folc. “We make a wine that can be enjoyed by lots of people - a light, dry, pale rosé with notes of strawberries & cream and pink grapefruit.”
Folc rosé is made using grapes grown in Kent and East Sussex. There are seven grape varieties blended into their rosé, grown by multiple vineyards and produced and bottled by one winery, Defined Wine, in Canterbury. “Supporting local vineyards is high on our agenda and the winery uses zero plastic from grape to glass when producing the rosé.”
The wine is also vegan. You might think that all wine is vegan, but actually in the production of many traditional wines, animal-derived products are sometimes used as fining agents (for example casein a milk protein), to give the wine clarity.
Tom, 30, co-founded and launched Folc with his fiancé Elisha Rai, 31, in 2020. Their first vintage sold out just before that Christmas. Folc rosé is distributed to individual customers through Folc’s website, wine websites and local shops in London and the South East of England. It has also recently become available in a few restaurants, mainly in Oxfordshire. They launched their second vintage in April 2021. Folc is a Starling business customer.