Reefton may appear an unlikely place for making award winning spirits, but once again Reefton Distilling Co. has proved that their region has everything needed to make the grade.

Following on from scooping two awards in the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Reefton Distilling Co. have just received news that they have achieved further medals in the Tasting Section of the 2020 competition. This brings the medal total received for their products to nine.

One of the oldest competitions of its kind, The San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) was founded in 2000 to recognise exceptional products in the spirits industry. Considered to be the most influential spirits competition in the world, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition judging panel, consists of the most respected, experienced experts in the spirits industry.

Reefton Distilling Co. achieved a Silver Medal for their first limited release; Little Biddy Gin – Cask Aged, their Reefton Distilling Co. Tayberry Liqueur and a Bronze Medal for their Reefton Distilling Co. Blueberry Liqueur.

Products awarded a Silver medal are described as outstanding in their category, showing refinement, finesse, and complexity. A Bronze medal is awarded to a product that is commercially sound and deserves to be recognised as among the better examples of its category.

“We are extremely pleased to know that each of our products has been measured and can stand with the best,” commented Reefton Distilling Co. founder and managing director, Patsy Bass. “Once again this is a huge vote of confidence in our products and a tremendous morale boost for our staff and our shareholders.”

Reefton Distilling Co. is a modern distillery at the forefront of spirit production in New Zealand, the distillery is currently housed in one of Reefton’s original buildings, built in the 1870’s which has been carefully restored to accommodate the working distillery, tasting bar and retail store.

Here Reefton Distilling Co. produce a range of small batch distilled premium spirits with a distinct West Coast flavour. Dense green rainforests make for ideal foraging environments, rich with botanical gold. Reefton Distilling Co. have made a commitment to use as much locally foraged and gathered ingredients as possible. Their gin includes ingredients that they go into the forest and select on the morning that they distil.