Gin production in New Zealand has a brief history, dating back to 2003, but it is in recent years that the industry has begun to flourish. The quality of New Zealand gin has been recognised on the global stage, with several boutique distilleries making their mark with award-winning spirits. The country's gin industry is known for its focus on small-batch production, utilising locally-sourced botanicals to create unique and distinctive flavours.
New Zealand gins have gained recognition for their quality and innovation, with many international competitions awarding medals to New Zealand gins. This success is due to the dedication of the country's gin producers, who use traditional gin-making techniques and a range of local botanicals to create unique flavour profiles.
Multi award-winning Roots Gin by Elemental Distillers.
Some of the New Zealand gin distillers making waves on the global stage are Elemental Distillers (Roots Gin), 1919 Distilling, Scapegrace (formerly Rogue Society) and Strange Nature.
The global success of New Zealand gins is not only beneficial for the producers themselves but also for the New Zealand economy. With the increasing demand for high-quality, unique gin flavours, the New Zealand gin industry has the potential for further growth and expansion.
Soren Crabb of 1919 Distilling.