The Deep South is the name affectionately given, by the people who live there, to that part of the peninsula south of the Old Cape Road (Oukaapseweg) as far as Cape Point Nature Reserve. This beautiful area, with its fynbos-clad mountains stretching southwards in a jagged spine towards Cape Point, and bordered by white beaches and blue sea, lends its name and identity to the southern-most distillery in Cape Town.
-Although the Deep South was once relatively remote, it now comprises a collection of interconnected, bustling, thriving communities offering the village-like lifestyles of Noordhoek, Kommetjie and Scarborough on the west coast, the small port-feel of Kalk Bay and Simonstown, all ranged around the commercial centre of Fish Hoek. Burgeoning development in the whole valley has seen widespread human settlement that links the whole valley together.
The people of the Deep South are a diverse and sometimes quirky lot, ranging across the spectrum from artists to zoologists, captains of industry, tradespeople, crafters, fisherfolk, musicians, artisans, restauranteurs, surfers, builders and shopkeepers.
This makes Kommetjie the perfect place to locate a quirky, interesting, versatile, and quite professional little distillery that brings together the art of flavour making, the science of distilling and practice of enjoying great spirits in the company of good friends.
Our distillery is located in a small industrial area on the road that links Kommetjie to the rest of the Cape. The distillery is artisanal, which means that it manufactures premium spirits in small batches, for discerning lovers of craft spirits.
Being artisanal, many activities such as fermentation and distillation are very hands-on, and bottling and labelling are done by hand. The manufacture, settling and maturation of our spirits is allowed to unfold at an unhurried pace, and even the distillery tour and tasting are conducted at a leisurely pace.
The result is an authentic, personalised craft experience, and exceptional spirits that are made with care and passion.
Deep South Distillery finally opened its doors to the public in December 2017, although it only became fully operational towards the end of 2018. The spirits it makes are gold medal winners, and it has a growing reputation for much more than making great spirits that pay fitting tribute to the unique flora and surroundings of the Cape Peninsula.
Deep South Distillery is a warm, friendly craft distillery that shares knowledge and fun in equal measure and well on track to fulfilling its mission: to make the world a better place, one sip at a time.