Juniper-flavoured goodness awaits Gin aficionados at the Joburg Good Food & Wine Show.

Gin is fashion’s current tipple of choice and the Good Food & Wine Show (GF&WS) is certainly on point with a surprising array of aromatic, hand-distilled brands, both local and imported. At our recent Cape Town show, visitors had the opportunity to sample a varied selection of artisanal G&Ts, with even more variety on offer at the Gauteng leg of the show.

In Cape Town, Italian Gin company Malfy won gold in the GF&WS Best Stand Awards. With a skilled bartender on hand, a range of flavourful ingredients to choose from, and a massive bottle of Gin on display, we can understand why.

South African brand, The General’s Gin (whose SA distributors are based in Stellenbosch) was also present at the Cape Town event. Other distilleries were mostly from the Mother City, and included the Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company, Pienaar & Son, Triple Three Estate Distillery, and Love Gin, who are also known for their DIY Gin brewing kits.

Visitors could also experience and learn about different Gins via the interactive “Gin Wall” - an installation where visitors were able to sharpen their skills in distinguishing the flavours of certain Gins via their sense of smell. If you were there, then hopefully you’ll now be able to tell Pienaar & Son’s Eastern Spice-flavoured Gin ‘Orient’ apart from the pine needle-infused aroma of The General’s Gin.

If, however you missed out on the chance to sample some (or all) of these flavourful spirits, then our Jozi event is where you should be next month. Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company, Love Gin, The General’s Gin and Triple Three Estate Distillery will all return, and there’ll be a few newcomers as well.

First, there’s New Harbour, experimental craft Gin distillers based in Woodstock, Cape Town, who emphasise the use of science in their creation of artisanal Spekboom Gin, Rooibos-infused Gin, and vodka.

Then there’s Qualito Craft Distillery, hailing from Phalaborwa, a historic town in the Limpopo province’s Mopani District. They are known for the production of various spirits, including their Grey Hawk Classic Craft Gin.

Lastly, there will once again be a Gin Wall, where you can acquaint yourself with even more flavours that come courtesy of representatives from South Africa’s ever-growing craft Gin community. Let’s raise a glass to that!