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Africa’s Only Whisky Distillery Now Open to the Public!

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Whisky lovers, rejoice! Here is your chance to get up close and personal with SA’s whisky experts.

The James Sedgwick’s Distillery in Wellington, the only commercial whisky distillery in Africa and home to the internationally award-winning range of Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, is now open to the public for tours and tastings on selected dates and times.

An incredible tourism boost for the town of Wellington and the Western Cape, the whisky distillery is destined in becoming a major attraction for South African and international consumers to experience first-hand how whisky is made.

The tastings and tours are limited to 10 people at a time to ensure a personal experience and offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 10am and again at 2pm. Visitors can explore the passion and craftsmanship of South African whiskies, come to understand the art of whisky-making, learn about the rich history of the distillery spanning 130 years and taste some of the world’s best whiskies.

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On arrival, guests will enjoy a whisky-cocktail followed by an informative video. A knowledgeable guide will offer an on-foot tour to witness first-hand how the whiskies are crafted through the various stages from raw material to distillation to maturation. Back at the tasting room, the guide will present a tasting of three whiskies paired with five sample dishes allowing guests to explore in their own time how the flavours of certain dishes complements the aromas found within a particular whisky.

Situated in Wellington about an hour from Cape Town’s City Centre, the distillery offers sweeping views of the Hawekwa and Groenberg Mountains. Award-winning, The James Sedgwick Distillery was awarded as Best Brand Innovator in Whisky Magazines’ 2011 Icons of Whisky as well as in 2015 named Best International Whisky Distillery at the New York International Spirits Competition.

All tours and tastings are for over 18’s only with booking in advance essential. You can book your tour here.

James Sedgwick whisky and food pairing

No bookings can be made at the distillery or on arrival.  The cost is R350 per person for a welcome drink, tour of the distillery, and three whiskies paired with five food sample dishes to explore the various flavour combinations and match your favourite.

The range of South African whiskies will be available to purchase at the end of the tour and tasting. Limited release whiskies, only available at the Distillery, will from time to time be offered for purchase to continue the extraordinary experience you had at home or to share the moment with someone special in the form of a gift.

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Please note: the MenStuff team has not yet done the tour – this is purely a news, interest story.

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