The Lowveld Gin Festival 2019

By Focus Online Team on February 26, 2019

If you love all things gin & tonic related, you won’t want to miss the 2019 Lowveld Gin Festival.

The Lowveld Gin Festival held its inaugural event in 2018 just outside of Nelspruit at Elmswood Estate. The event was the most anticipated on the festival scene since the now annual Innibos Kunstefees.

This year the Gin Festival returns in its second year, set to take place in 27 April 2019. The Festival features some of South Africa’s most exciting local gin distilleries and a few well-known international distillers. Find out everything you need to know in our blog.

Local Distillers featuring at the 2019 Lowveld Gin Festival

With over 20 distillers showcasing this year, the line-up includes industry favourites as well as exciting new entrants to the effervescent South African gin scene, making this the benchmark Gin Fest for the Lowveld’s gin lovers.

Cape Town Gin

A well known face returning after last years very successful gin festival is Cape Town Gin with their all new bottled S.I.N. appetizers.

Cape Town Gin’s range reflects the bio-diversity and culture of the Mother City. In terms of gin, the company produces their ‘Pink Lady, rooibos gin and a classic dry gin.

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Monks Gin

A newbie at this year’s Lowveld Gin Festival, Monks Gins are handcrafted and double-distilled in small batches using a hybrid artisanal still called ‘Jennifer’ (named after the owner’s mother.)

Monks Gins feature intensely flavour-forward botanicals, nine of them hand-picked and many endemic to the area. Combined with crystal-clear mountain waters and the result is a rewarding one, featuring ripples of citrus, berries and Cape Buchu.

Black Mountain Gin

Taking inspiration from its surroundings, the Swartberg Pass has influenced this great tasting karoo gin.

Staying true to tradition, Black Mountain Gin is a classic dry style gin, with juniper as a fundamental botanical supported by citrus and Karoo botanicals.

Black Mountain Gin is triple distilled and ready for the Lowveld Gin Fest.

Phantom Gin

Phantom Gin is a London Dry style gin, handcrafted from botanicals sourced from Knysna and infused with natural fulvic trace minerals that lend to its unique earthy colour and offer you a taste of the ancient forest.

Phantom Gin is handcrafted by expert distillers, Lucy Beard & Leigh Lisk of Hope on Hopkins Distillery in Cape Town. Their gin is described as having a ‘soft enchanting nose with juniper and a unique hint of wood & spice. Sweet nuances of caramalised orange on the smooth palate with a refreshing herbaceous mint aftertaste.’

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Caspyn West Coast Dry Gin

This West Coast Dry Gin is a refreshing and crisp gin with a citrus undertone. A total of 12 botanical’s are infused into this gorgeous gin, including three locally foraged fynbos; Rooibos, Honeybush and Pelargonium Citronellum.

Botanically infused, gravity strained, hand pressed, hand mixed and soft filtered. In the true essence of the craft spirits industry; every bottle has also been hand filled and hand labelled.

McKruger Die Volstruis gin.

Colleen and Stella “The McKruger’s” began their creative journey two years ago, taking their love for cooking and experimenting with different spices into their gin making.

Die Volstruis gin is infused with only fresh botanicals like wild pepper and vanilla from Madagascar and locally sourced fresh green Granny Smith apples.

A fresh smooth taste filled with flavour and spice making you want to take another sip. Don’t be scared to add a basil leaf, cinnamon bark or a slice of orange and curry leaf.

Rhino Beetle Gin

Handcrafted in the heart of Limpopo province using only the finest local botanicals gives Rhino Beetle Gin a smooth, delicate finish and is best enjoyed with a classic tonic.

Their exciting range includes Raspberry & Indigenous Flowers , Strawberry & Mango , Lemon Twist , Blueberry , Lavender , Turkish Delight and Elder Flower.

Come and meet the makers at the 2019 Lowveld Gin Festival and find out why their Turkish Delight is such a favorite amongst their fans!

Is the Gin Festival Family-Friendly?

Although the gin tasting is reserved for adults only, this doesn’t mean the festival isn’t kid friendly.

There will be a dedicated play area available for kids on the day and there is lots of food on offer as well as soft drinks and virgin mocktails for those not drinking on the day.

At the festival, alongside a thrilling lineup of over 20 distilleries – you will also be spoilt for choice with live music and local artists. Indulge in a few tasters as well as a menu of signature cocktails, available as single or double serves while listening to the best music happening in Mpumalanga on 28 April.

Keep in mind that this is a CASH event.

Lowveld Gin Festival tickets are available on Quicket. Early birds at R120 still available. Get your tickets here.

Tickets will also be available at the entrance on the day of the event at R180.00.

If you’re looking for nearby accommodation for the weekend of the Lowveld Gin Festival 2019, look no further than Casterbridge Hollow Hotel in White River. The hotel boasts sophisticated, Tuscan-inspired accommodation as well as an on-site restaurant and swimming pool to keep cool in the hot Lowveld summer. Enquire via email at

The Lowveld Gin Festival Details
Address: Elmswood Estate, R37 Sabie/Lydenburg road 13km outside Nelspruit
Starts: Sat 28 April 2018 at 11h00
Ends: Sat 28 April 2018 at 23h55
Tel: 0766745536 / 0766745536

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