Location Location Location
Located in the middle of the Namaqualand flowers, Cederberg Fynbos and West Coast succulent Karoo spoils us with an abundance and diversity of botanicals. Based on an irrigation farm in the spectacular Olifant’s River Valley allows us to grow some of our own ingredients onsite and gives us access to magnificent fruit, wine and citrus grown in the area. The bordering Sandveld and Swartland wheat growing areas provides us with abundant raw material for the in-house crafting of our own base alcohol.
1st Principles Craft Gins
Traditional Dry Gin, cut with freshly brewed Honeybush sourced from Agulhas (Southern tip of South Africa)
Classic vapour infused gin, using fresh & dried herbs with clear lemon undertones
Traditional Dry Gin, cut with freshly brewed Cederberg Rooibos tea
1st Principles Organic Vodka
This is where our Vodka starts:
Growing quality organic grapes is all about working with nature to manage and prepare the soil. This starts even before the vines are planted and continues as a symbiotic relationship between the growers and nature. This is only possible if you have passionate growers committed to working with nature not against it.
Koekenaap is located within the West Coast mist belt. The grapes are produced in the rich, deep alluvial soils of the Olifants River floodplain. The combination of this unique location, rich soils and organic cultivation conspires to produce fabulous wines. This is where 1st Principles hails from.
These unique grapes are then vinified by Klaas and Mauritius and their dedicated team at Stellar Winery. The rebate wine is certified organic.
The wine is then distilled into low wine in our century old copper still. This is a gentle and slow process utilising mostly solar energy. Once distilled, the high alcohol content preserves the low wine. The Vodka is then distilled for a second time in the copper still. It is then batch distilled in a small column still to finish.
Finally, it is cut with purified water originating from the Cederberg to a final 43% ABV. All this dedication, effort and collaboration produces a uniquely smooth and subtly sweet vodka. The ideal sipping vodka or an elegant base for a Vodka sour, Martini or let you imagination grow.