- Visit an inner-city distillery making uniquely South African liquors
- Learn about the bespoke process of distilling gin and vodka
- Taste two gins and a beautifully crafted vodka made with local ingredients
Experience Cape Town͛s inner-city gin and vodka distillery on a distillery and tasting tour. Learn about the process of distilling and how these locals make their stand-out gins and vodka in an engaging and educating tour that ends with a generous tasting. Get up close to their bespoke, one-of-a-kind distilling equipment and sample their multiple award-winning liquors. The tours are led by friendly staff who will take you through the distilling process, and ensure you leave with some new knowledge about your favourite drinks.
Pienaar and Son is a small craft distillery set in the city centre, just steps from Parliament. Founded by a father with over 40 years͛ experience and his son, their focus is on finding fresh ways to create and introduce people to modern spirits. Finding inspiration in the traditional methods of distilling, Pienaar and Son uses bespoke, hand-built equipment and cutting-edge processes to produce great tasting gins and vodka. Their signature range of Empire and Orient gins and Waskis vodka uses South African maize and local botanicals.
Closed 20 December – 5 January
Pienaar and Son
Advice for visitors
New gin drinkers will love Pienaar and Son’s Orient, a starter gin that is an ode to the spice trade that influenced Cape Town culture and cuisine. It boasts sweet and spicy flavours, with a hint of herbs and a refreshing finish. Those who know a thing or two about gin will love the Empire gin. A dry, refreshing spirit with flavours of grapefruit, cucumber and cardamom, it’s inspired by the original British versions of gin brought to Cape Town.
Did you know
Gin and tonic is a famous cocktail combination, and one with a maritime history. Using quinine mixed with carbonated water, an enterprising sailor invented tonic water to ward off the outbreaks of malaria in the British naval empire. Another enterprising individual added gin, and the famous drink was invented. It soon became the staple drink of the colonial settlers, and you can still see Capetonians today enjoying a ͚G&T͛ as a sundowner.