Whether you already have a holiday planned to the region or fancy a gin-themed getaway with your best gin pal, these European gin distilleries are definitely worth a visit. Tour these unique buildings and see how their gin is made in copper stills, learn about the process, and of course, you’ll need to taste some of the product! Happy travels, gin-lovers.
Sabatini Gin Distillery, Tuscany, Italy
It’s hard to imagine a more dreamy setting than that of the Sabatini Gin Distillery. Perched overlooking the undulating Tuscan hills sits the Villa Ugo, a family manor house that has now, for several generations, been the home of Sabatini Gin - which we chose as our very own Craft Gin Club Gin of the Month back in January 2018.
Guided tours include tastings and will introduce you to the Italian botanicals grown in the villa’s own garden that go into the gin, including olive leaf, lemon verbena and wild fennel.
Wild Monkey Distillery, Black Forest, Germany
Deep in the heart of the Black Forest you’ll find the Wild Monkey Distillery, producer of the quirky Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin. A 2-hour guided tour of this impressive distillery includes two Monkey Tonics, a discount voucher redeemable in the distillery shop, and tastings of both the Schwarzwald Dry Gin and the Sloe Gin.
Hernö Gin Distillery, Dala, Sweden
Located in a fairytale lakeside setting and surrounded by snow-dusted pine forests, Hernö Gin was the first craft gin distillery in Sweden and went on to become the most-awarded gin producer in the whole of Europe, winning more than 80 international Master and Gold Medals - not to mention the gong for Boutique Distillery of the Year!
In fact, we were lucky enough to work with this super-talented team to create a bespoke limited-edition gin just for Craft Gin Club members back in July 2016 - what an honour! If you fancy visiting the distillery, there are regular guided tours, which include a tasting of 4 different gins and a welcome cocktail on arrival.
Nolet Gin Distillery, Schiedam, Netherlands
The extraordinary history of the family-run Nolet Distillery reaches back more than 325 years. You can now take a tour of the distillery to understand how the origins of the company - back in 1691 - have threaded through the business until the present day.
Fun fact: the reception area is within the 'De Nolet' tower mill, the tallest windmill in the world.
Fun fact #2: gin is not the family’s only area of distilling expertise; they are also behind the world-famous Ketel One vodka.
Fun fact #3: Nolet’s Reserve Gin uses both verbena and saffron, the most expensive spice in the word, in its production, and Carolus Sr., the 10th-generation distillery owner, approves each bottle of the gin before it is bottled, to ensure the quality!
Kyrö Distillery Company, Isokyrö, Finland
As befits a Finnish enterprise, the idea for Kyrö Distillery Company was conceived in a sauna by a group of friends with a shared love of spirits! Originally specialising in rye whisky, the distillery has gone on to produce some outstanding gin - including the fantastic Napue Gin that we included in our Craft Gin Club August 2017 Gin of the Month box (and which, incidentally, won “The World’s Best Gin for Gin & Tonic” at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2015 and in 2016…)
You can visit the distillery throughout the year for tours and tastings as well as unique cocktails based on locally sourced ingredients. There’s even a ‘Kyrofest’ drinks festival that takes place at the height of summer, in mid August.
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