Deep South Distillery
Deep South Distillery: making the world a better place, one sip at a time!
Deep South Distillery offers an exciting new option for visitors to Cape Town. Offering tours, sales, gifts, events and tasting of its award-winning craft spirits, the distillery has become a must-do destination for tourists and locals alike.
The distillery takes its name from that part of the Cape Peninsula that lies south of the Old Cape Road as far south as Cape Point Nature Reserve. This beautiful area, with its craggy mountains stretching southwards in a jagged spine, and bordered by white beaches and blue sea, is the heart of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. It is an ideal location for a gin distillery, with its ample resources of fragrant heath-like botanicals, called fynbos (or “fine shrubs”) that can be used to create unique and inspiring craft gins.
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 and the small port-feel of Kalk Bay , Hout Bay and Simons Town, all ranged around the administrative centre of Fish Hoek.
Deep South Craft Distillery opened its doors in December 2018, launching two award-winning gins which immediately developed a loyal following among lovers of fine gins.
The Cape Dry gin, with its classic juniper-forward style, is sublime with classic gin cocktails (think G&T or gin martini) and has already received two gold medals and many accolades for its smooth taste, and the fragrant aromas and complex flavours derived from local fynbos.
The innovative Ruby gin is made in a contemporary floral style and infused with hibiscus, giving it a gorgeous glowing pink colour. It is perfect for more adventurous cocktails and pairs beautifully with flavoured tonics and berry or citrus garnishes.
The distillery offers personal, guided gin tastings and a fascinating, hands-on distillery tour and is a regular stop for tour groups looking for something a little different to add to their offering in the Deep South. The distillery is popular too with visitors from the many B&B’s in the area and locals who see the distillery as their own. The small, quirky tasting room and bar area offers a haven for gin lovers, who can be found contentedly sipping inventive gin cocktails on sunny days.
The distillery is artisanal, and manufactures premium spirits in small batches in a very hands-on way. Activities like fermenting, distilling are not automated, and bottling and labelling are done manually. The manufacture, settling and maturation of their spirits is allowed to unfold at an unhurried pace, and even the distillery tour and tasting are conducted in a leisurely way. The distillery is constantly experimenting with recipes and also makes limited-release fragrant rums, delectable liqueurs and other infused spirits, many of which are available only from the distillery.
Staffed by a small but dedicated team of individuals who love what they do, the passion and purpose extends far beyond just the making and selling of exceptional spirits. The goal is an enjoyable and holistic gin experience that includes knowledge and fun in equal measure.
The nett result is an authentic, personalised craft spirits experience that enables people to enjoy exceptional spirits, anywhere, anytime. Deep South Distillery is a warm, friendly craft distillery with a mission: to make the world a better place, one sip at a time