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James Sedgwick Distillery opens to public

The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, home to the internationally award-winning range of Three Ships and Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky, opened its doors to the public on September 3, 2016. Open on selected dates and times, it's the only commercial whisky distillery in Africa.

A tourism boost for the town of Wellington and the Western Cape, the whisky distillery is destined to become 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 and 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.

On arrival, guests enjoy a whisky-cocktail before a guide offers an on-foot tour to witness first-hand how the whiskies are crafted through the various stages from raw material to distillation to maturation. At the tasting room, the guide presents 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 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 Brand Innovator of the year in Whisky Magazine's 2011 Icons of Whisky awards.

All tours and tastings are for over 18s only with booking in advance essential at

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.


31 August 2016 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editorial assistant