HOW DEEP SOUTH DISTILLERY CAME ABOUT
The Deep South is the name given to the part of the peninsula south of the Old Cape Road (Oukaapseweg) as far as Cape Point Nature Reserve. This beautiful area, with its fynbos-clad mountains stretching like a spine towards Cape Point, and bordered by white beaches and blue sea, lends its name and identity to the southern-most distillery in Cape Town.
The people of the Deep South are a diverse and sometimes quirky lot, ranging across the spectrum from artists to zoologists, captains of industry, tradespeople, crafters, fisherfolk, musicians, artisans, restauranteurs, surfers, builders and shopkeepers. It is in this valley that long-time resident, Steve Erlank, inspired by the natural beauty and creative life style in the valley, decided to forsake corporate life and pursue a long-held dream of establishing a craft distillery.
Along the way, he met many interesting and talented people in the industry, who have contributed to way in which Deep South Distillery has evolved. One such person was James Copeland of Copeland Rum. James has a passion for great rums while Steve aspired to make inspiring gins and vodkas that would pay tribute to the amazing floral kingdom on the Cape Peninsula, and for a time they collaborated while the Deep South Distillery came into being. Copeland Rum is still made in the distillery.
Deep South Distillery opened its doors to the public in December 2017, and is now fulfilling its mission to make beautifully crafted spirits that pay fitting tribute to the unique flora and surroundings of the Cape Peninsula.
We don’t just make great spirits: part of our ethos is to share our love for and knowledge of the gin, rums and vodkas we make, and create a lot of fun and enjoyment for those who have become our customers, our stockists and our friends.
Together we will truly make the world a better place, one sip at a time.