Not only is the McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast region well known for its local brews but also for the ever-growing selection of spirits distilled right here in the vineyard valleys. Here are few top spots to sip a local nip...

Settlers Spirits – One of the first distilleries in the region, Settlers now crafts a selection of gin, Whisky, liqueurs, Rum and Vodka. They offer tastings of their products in their distillery door and even masterclasses for gin too. Make sure to try their G & Tea Breakfast Gin infused with Earl Grey tea or their Shiraz gin which is uniquely crafted to fit their wine region locale.

The Salopian Inn – Known for their fresh local fare and home to one of the most abundant bars in the region. Over 100 gins (mostly Australian and South Australian) grace the shelves, including two of their own gins. Try ‘Up the Garden Path’ which feature botanicals sourced from their own kitchen garden. Or their ‘Happy Is The New Rich’ which showcases Asian flavours similar to those on their Asian-fusion menus.

Penny’s Hill – Offering a new experience in the region with the opening of their Flights Gin Bar and featuring their own Gin brand, ‘Mad Men’.  The setting is perfect, in the gorgeous historic original Thomas Gross Carriage House, close to the airstrip between the vines. – perhaps there’s something in the name.

Never Never Distilling Co. – Voted the World’s Best Classic Gin at the prestigious 2019 World Gin Awards in London. Big things are about to occur locally to, with plans to open the doors together with Chalk Hill Wines in McLaren Vale very soon. Stay tuned!

Two Accents Gin – is a recent addition to the Fox Creek Wines Cellar Door in McLaren Vale where you can experience their Gin Flight. Two Accents Gin started with a meeting between a Brit (Laurie) and an Aussie (Adam) who have been developing their unique recipes, using hand-selected McLaren Vale and South Australian botanicals. Their batch-distilled Gins include a Shiraz Gin, Barrel-Aged Shiraz Gin, and a classic Dry Gin.

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