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OVER 250 YEARS OF HISTORY
The Stone's blend is still made to the original recipe and uses the finest quality wine grapes and
THE LONDON EXCISE ACT
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.
The Finsbury Distilling Company, like many of their counterparts, needed to build a retail network to
sell their wares. These included Joseph Stone, grocer of High Holborn. An extremely important customer
of the distillers, his name was given to their Ginger Wine.
Made then, as it still is today from the finest quality wine grapes and pure fresh ginger, Stone’s
Original Green Ginger Wine quickly became the flagship of the Finsbury Distilling Company’s British
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
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.
At about this time, the Stone family’s links with the Finsbury Distilling Company were strengthened when
Joseph Stone’s son John joined them as an apprentice. He quickly rose through the company to become one
of the key salespeople for their British wines including his namesake Ginger Wine.
Joseph Stone retired to Barnet where he died in 1896. He would, no doubt, be astonished to learn that
over 110 years later, his name has become one of the best known in the drinks industry, not just in the
UK, but all over the world.