Kiwi Spirit Distillery, located in Takaha Golden Bay, surrounded by two National Parks and golden beaches, “a haunt for creative free thinkers, artists and ageing hippies”. Their production process began17,000 years ago as snow fell upon the New Zealand mountains. That snow turned into water, ‘acknowledged as the clearest in the world, which fed Te Waikoropupū Springs and the aquifers beneath where Kiwi Spirit Distillery sits and now specialise in spirits “handcrafted from the purest home-grown ingredients..staunchly dedicated to quality over quantity”.
Their eclectic range includes;
Waitui Whiskey: a Single Malt. “Eight long years of mellowing and maturing in Manuka honey mead barrels” A process replicating the techniques used by the monks who first used Honey Mead barrels to age malt barley spirits.
TeKiwi 100%: Blue Agave Spirit made using the same plant as Mexican Tequila “with exactly the same age-old process”. The distillery’s farm cultivate Weber Blue Agave Tequilana which thrive at sea level in the rich alluvium soil of Golden Bay.
Greenstone Gin: Uses indigenous Aotearoa botanicals Totara and Kahikatea twice distilled. Kia Kaha!
Championz Gin: a London Style Gin, with aromatic spices, a finish of Angelica and Liquorice, “worthy of celebrating victories and courage”.
Kiwi Distillery also makes liqueurs (Tangelo, Apricot and Lime) plus a Honey Mead that always sells out fast. Their two vodkas help connoisseurs negotiate the Matrix. Their Red and Blue vodkas are named Jiǔ Jiǔ Mandarin for “long lasting, healthy and prosperous life”.
Their cellar door offers complementary tastings with bottle purchases (bookings not required). Further they invite folk to visit them as they take part in the January held Kiwi Spirit Distillery Summer Festival! “Picture this, it’s a hot summers day, kiwi tunes are flowing, you have a freshly made cocktail of award winning kiwi spirits in one hand and a delicious plate of locally grown and sourced kai in the other”. The event offers food stalls, live music and cocktails using the Kiwi Spirit Distillery special ingredients – insuring an unforgettable festival experience.
430 Abel Tasman Drive, Golden Bay, Motupipi 7183