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These 5 gin tasting spots need to be on your summer list

Sip and swirl some of South Africa’s finest gins at these wonderful tasting spots

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By Alyxandra Carolus | September 29, 2022 | Travel Leisure

The warmer seasons are here, the sun is setting later and it’s time to cool down. And what better way to soak up the sun than with an expertly mixed gin and mixer of your choice? Gin is a summertime favourite, but let’s face it, it can be enjoyed all year round. Cocktails are a great spring and summer treat, perfect with friends or on your own.

If you’re looking for a new brand to experiment with or have a favourite in mind - we’ve rounded up some gin tasting spots you can check out in and around South Africa.

Hope on Hopkins

Located in Woodstock, Cape Town and with a variety of gins on offer for their tastings. Currently, they offer a flagship gin tasting, mini gin tasting and spirits tasting. The Distillery Tasting Room is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, you can email to book your slot.

Pienaar & Son Distillery

Established in 2015, Pienaar and Sons has grown from strength to strength. The distillery calls Makers Landing home, a space that aims to nurture and support local business, based in the Silo District. They offer three different tastings, from gins to other spirits they create. To book your spot, you can give them a call or enquire via their website.

Distillery 031

Known as Durban’s first artisanal distillery, Distillery 031 has selection of small batch spirits. The brand offers guided tours and tastings, where you can enjoy the full roster of spirits or focus on the gin offerings. The tastings have a variety of add-ons and are on Saturdays at different time slots. To secure your spot, email ahead and for larger bookings - be sure to get in touch ahead to ensure availability.

Time Anchor Distillery

Gin and chocolate, anyone? Well, look no further than Johannesburg-based Time Anchor Distillery. Home to an assortment of spirits, the distillery curates this unique experience for eager gin enthusiasts. Located in bustling Maboneng, take a peek at the bespoke Tasting Room and get in touch to book a tour. Do note, they’re known to be busy and slots are booked well in advance.

The Cape Town Gin Company

Aiming to craft and conceptualise beautiful gins that reflect the creative freshness & timeless energy of Cape Town - the Cape Town Gin Company has scooped awards for their gin. Choose between four gins, from rich rooibos to a floral pastel pink variety. There are two tasting rooms, and depending on the amount of guests, you can pick your slot. Book via the website to secure a spot.