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Tastings and Tours

We love welcoming visitors to our distillery and offer tours of the distillery and tastings of our products.  Bookings are essential as we are a working distillery and certain options may not be available if we are busy with production.  Different options are

  • Tours of the Distillery
  • Gin Tastings, Rum Tastings and Spirits Tastings
  • Private external events

The distillery is wheelchair friendly, although ablution facilities are constrained. Please call ahead for clarification.

TOUR OF THE DISTILLERY

Two different tours are offered: one is focused mainly on understanding how our gins are made, the other covering more technical information.

DISTILLERY MINI-TOUR

The Distillery Mini-tour is a quick visit to our working distillery where you can learn a little bit about the manufacture of craft spirits. We don’t get very technical about the science and technology behind distilling on this tour: the tour is guided by one of our Spirits Ambassadors. 

During the tour you will walk around the distillery to identify the key items of equipment that a craft distillery needs, and to see the different kinds of products that are in the process of being made.  We discuss how different spirits are made (especially rums, sodas and gins).  Depending on our production schedule, you may get to see a real distillation or fermentation taking place, sample the aromas and flavours of our gin recipe library, and have a small taste of what is in the various barrels and tanks.

Duration: 20-30 minutes

Price: Complimentary when done as part of a Tasting

DISTILLERS GUIDED TECHNICAL TOUR

The Distiller’s Guided Technical Tour is a more technical tour where we cover more of the science and technique behind the spirits we make.  The tour is by arrangement only, and only suitable for small groups as it needs to be fitted around the activities in the distillery.  

The tour provides an opportunity for more technical questions about the practices we use in preparing, fermenting, distilling,  and general spirits manufacture, and will typically be of interest for home brewers and distillers with some practical experience, or other distillers and people in the liquor industry.   It is, however, not a master class in distilling, nor a training course in how to distill. 

Duration: 30-90 minutes

Price:  By arrangement

PRODUCT TASTINGS

Although you may get a sneak preview of some of our products during the distillery tour, the tastings allow you to explore the products we make to their fullest.  We offer a range of tasting formats, depending on your spirit preference and the time you have available.

Tasting times:
Normal tasting hours are on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (last tour at 3:30) throughout the year. 
Please phone to make a reservation (+27 21 7830129) or email us at bookings@deepsouthdistillery.co.za 24 hours before you plan to come.  

Reservations are especially important in these Covid times, where we are operating with limited capacity – we would hate to disappoint you just because we have a large tour group in the building!

We are also open for tastings on Wednesdays, Thursday and Sundays during parts of the year. And we will also do our utmost to accommodate you for tastings outside of our normal hours if we possibly can, so please contact us with your request.

Gin Tasting Experience

Our most popular tasting and usually done in conjunction with the complimentary Mini Tour, this tasting allows you to experience our three award-winning gins: the Cape Dry Gin, the Ruby Gin and the Spice Island gin, each paired with our ‘perfect serve’ mixer and selected garnish.   We guide you as you ‘taste through the layers’ as you build your gin cocktails, exploring how different flavours change the taste of the spirit and enhance the drink. 

Our goal is for you to create a perfectly-balanced  G&T, that delights all of the  senses: taste, aroma, visual appeal, touch and even hearing (that clink of perfect ice on glass!)

Duration: 45-60 minutes (depending on you!)

Price: R120 per person

Spirits Tasting

Dare we say it, but some of our visitors are not partial to gin (gasp!).  Fortunately, we also make delectable rum, a wicked chilli vodka, a smooth-as-silk premium vodka, and a few other things that take our fancy from time to time.  

Spirits can be tried neat or paired with a mixer and garnish that represents a signature cocktail for that spirit.  You build that cocktail, tasting as you go, from the neat spirit to the complete drink.

You can taste just a single spirit if you want (designated drivers note), or even three or four.  Also a popular option for someone who has finished the Gin Tasting Experience but would like to explore other products.  

Duration: 15-20 minutes per spirit (depending on how many you taste!)

Price: R15 per single spirit au naturel or  R40 per signature cocktail tasting

Try before you buy..

In a rush, but like to sample the gin or the rum  before you buy that perfect gift?   Can’t choose which two out of our three lovely gins you want to put into our Double Trouble Gift box?  No problem.  We can do a Try-before-you-buy tasting at the bar. 

Depending on the spirit, we prep for you a mini tasting of either a single shot of spirit or a mini cocktail (e.g. a little G&T in a small glass). It gives you a chance to quickly sample the spirit, much as you might do at a booth in a bottle store.   And sorry – we can only do this if we are not busy – so generally this is for folks who pop in to buy during the week. 

Duration: 3-5 minutes per spirit (depending on how many you taste!)  

Price: R15 per taster.  Free if you buy a bottle afterwards. 

PRIVATE TOURS AND TASTINGS 

It is possible to schedule private tastings and events in the distillery, usually in the evenings.  Typical events are birthday parties , hen and bachelor parties and private visits by gin clubs, societies and team building.  Private events require a minimum number of people and a charge is levied for the use of the facilities.

Private Tastings in the Distillery

We can do customised tours and tastings for exclusive private groups, except on days when we have public tours and tastings. (On these days a normal group booking can be made). 

Minimum numbers apply.  Please contact bookings@deepsouthdistillery.co.za with your request. 

Private Events in the Distillery

The distillery is available for private events and parties, with or without a tour and tasting as an option.  We can provide a bar and catering on request

We need to comply with our licensing regulations so not all events may be permissible.   Please contact bookings@deepsouthdistillery.co.za with your request. 

External Pop-ups and Tastings

We are able to provide pop-up gin bars, and tasting counters at your next event, market day or festival.   If the event is a public event, then a liquor licence (event licence) may be needed.  

Please contact us at bookings@deepsouthdistillery.co.za with your request.