Gin Connoisseurs’ Tour


[Full day private tour] Gin has been a staple in South African history and the heritage continues. Many South African distillers are concocting incredible cocktails that often incorporate ingredients that are unique to the Cape. Join the South African “ginvolution” as you taste your way through Cape history and future on this exciting excursion.

Pickup 9:00am ~ 5:00pm drop-off

  • Learn about the production of gin on a guided microdistillery tour, led by the distiller him or herself
  • Visit 3 distilleries in the city of Cape Town
  • Stop at a variety of sites along the way
  • Finish the day with a guided tasting of a variety of infused gins paired with locally made tonics

Tour Interary

  • Pickup

  • Platinum Gin Pairing

    Explore the city of Cape Town and enjoy a platinum gin tasting

  • Distillery Experience

    Learn the crafting of gin and its production with a tour of a micro-distillery and gin lab

  • Lunch

    Enjoy a leisurely lunch (lunch on own account)

  • Fynbos Gin Tasting

    Experience fynbos infused South African Gin

  • Gin tasting

    Experience a gin tasting in one of the hippest bars in Cape Town

  • Drop-Off

Tour Highlights

Good for Groups
Private Tour Guide

Full Details

The craft gin scene in Cape Town, and South Africa, in general, has been evolving rapidly over the last few years. There are now several distilleries and bars dedicated to the spirit dotted around the Cape with at least one or two in both Johannesburg and Durban. Local artisans are creating world-class examples of the liquor and use local ingredients like fynbos and indigenous fruit and spices to put their mark on their signature versions.

The scene may still be relatively young but it’s developing at a rapid rate and is well worth checking out when you are visiting Cape Town. The Gin Connoisseur tour takes you on a journey from inception to delivery, from distillery to counter top and everything in between. You’ll visit working distilleries and meet the enterprising owners and distillers themselves and hear the colourful stories of how they got into the trade to begin with. Some of the producers you will meet are driving the industry and setting the bar high when it comes to quality production.

Making gin is a nuanced practice and requires enormous amounts of patience, dedication and skill. Meeting the producers is like meeting an artist in their studio and getting a peek inside what is going on inside their mind. Understanding the process will add even more value to the way you experience a gin & tonic (or any cocktail!) going forward. Not only will you learn about gin but you’ll get to experience the city of Cape Town through a very unique lens and visit parts of the city that many travellers never see. Taking you truly ‘off-the-beaten-track’ and gaining you insider access, this tour is for those with an interest in the craft movement in South Africa and with a spirit for adventure.

Included in the experience are stops along the way that allow you to see more of Cape Town than just the inside of a distillery. The itinerary is relatively flexible so you can make requests on the day but if there are specific sights you’d like to see along the way just let us know and we’ll see how we can build them into your itinerary beforehand (please note that this may incur an additional cost to the advertised rate).

Rate includes: Pickup and drop-off from accommodation in and around Cape Town, private vehicle and specialist guide, 3 gin tastings and distillery tours, various site visits around Cape Town

Rate excludes: Lunch and gratuity

Please contact us to request a quote.

*NOTE: For last minute bookings, special requests or large groups, please contact us at +27 79 607 1978 or [email protected]

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