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Published November 5th 2022
What better way to while away time on a sunny afternoon?
Never Never Gin Distillery is located in picturesque McLaren Vale, next to Chalk Hill Winery with Cucina di Strada, also on site. When friends and I visited recently, we opted for a self-guided gin tasting and snacks. Another option would have been the fully guided tasting, which includes a tour of the distillery and a take-home gift bag and costs $70.
Tables on the outside patio looked inviting and offered a scenic view. Gas heating towers were on standby to cater for the unpredictable chilly temperatures we sometimes experience during summers in SA.
The bar offers local beer and cider as well as gin-based and other cocktails. One member of our party ordered an Oyster Stout from Swell Brewery, and then proceeded to enjoy a second one, so I'm guessing it was good.
My gin tasting friends and I also received a complementary Ginache and tonic. Ginache is a Never Never invention that involves adding juniper gin to vats containing the spare parts from Grenache grapes. I reckon it could catch on.
Overall, we enjoyed our time at Never Never. I felt there was something missing and I guess that would be the learning experience of a Gin back-story. I'm sure that is provided in the fully guided tasting option. Perhaps I'll go back to Never Never and book in for the upgrade. In the interests of education, of course.