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Nestled in the foot hills of the majestic Naukluft Mountains and on the edge of the Namib Desert lies Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate. This unique farm with a combination of wine production and landscape conservation is a true oasis, and owes its existence to several crystal clear cold water springs and towering palm trees. […]

My father, the patriarch of our family and a man of outstanding courage and humbleness reached another birthday landmark as an octogenarian.  Our family was there to celebrate.  Food and...

South Africa’s most attractive towns are those found off the beaten track.  They are uncomplicated, quaint and peaceful.  Their streets are usually broad and often unpaved. The historic buildings still...

Craft brewers are an inspiration.  Most started in their garage or shed and through passion and tenacity brought their awesome brews to us, their customers. Like any business that is...

By Morgan Cadle The Richmond Hill Brewing Company located in Gqeberha is one of the cities not-so-hidden gems, thanks in part to its master brewer, Niall Cook. Niall is one...

FAT bastard Chardonnay, the beloved South African classic, has teamed up with the culinary virtuoso Zola Nene to celebrate Chardonnay Day on May 23rd, 2024. In fact, FAT bastard is...

As the slow season starts, inviting us to slacken our pace a little, La Motte Wine Estate is delighted to introduce the recently released 2019 vintage of La Motte Syrah...

Richmond Hill Brewing Company’s signature creation, Jane Doe Hard Lemonade, has long been a favorite among tipplers in Gqaberha. Renowned for its distinctive flavor and refreshing appeal, Jane Doe has...

Let us talk about something worth getting excited about. Georgia and the ancient art and tradition ofwinemaking and how it has crept into the Winelands of South Africa. Georgia has...

Throwing a party? Want beer? Then you need look no further than hiring a RHBC portable bar with its own beer taps. The Richmond Hill Brewing Company (RHBC) has become...

The 2024 Richmond Hill Brewing Company (RHBC) Home Brew Fest is scheduled for 16 March and, according to the organizers, will have plenty to offer. This is the Eastern Cape’s...

One of the highlights of my week is Date Night as they are always full of passion. Not just the kind that your carnal thoughts bring to mind but because...

Lagers are the most popular of all beers and with good reason.  They are easy drinking, have a relatively low alcohol content and are not very filling. If you are...

Richmond Hill Brewing Company (RHBC) have won numerous brewing awards including Best Beer In Africa (2023) and they are happy to share their skills with home brewers. In a previous...

Richmond Hill Brewing Company have always been innovators and have been happy to share their skill and knowledge with others, particularly with other brewing enthusiasts. Niall Cook, Brew Master at...

The Richmond Hill Brewing Company’s (RHBC) Tap Room and Chicky’s Yard are synonymous with good times. Whether it is watching rugby or Formula One, a wine tasting, an organised party...

Deep South Distillery, situated in Kommetjie in the heart of the Cape Peninsula, continues to gain accolades, medals and awards for its innovative range of artisanal spirits. The distillery specialises...

Gin is probably the most versatile of all the spirits and I am always excited to find new distilleries and sample their wares.  The Juniper Lab Distillery has been my...

Dark Purpose is a first from Richmond Hill Brewing Company (RHBC) in that this is a beer brewed around an artwork. RHBC are well known for their arty labels that...

As online shopping has surged, so efficient delivery has become a non-negotiable for consumers. In fact, some surveys indicate that as much as 85% of shoppers won’t buy from a...

The South African wine industry is fantastic not least because there are an almost endless number of boutique estates whose craftsmanship may be explored. One such boutique estate is Onoma...

If you are a wine connoisseur seeking to experience the perfect blend of a cool climate and the tantalizing flavours of some of South Africa’s best wines, look no further...

about us

Thirsty Traveler is all about South African gin, vodka, wine, brandy, beer and more.

We love to travel and we love to sample the wares of the craft brewer, distiller and wine maker.

In the mid 1900’s, governments worldwide almost killed off the art of distilling and brewing. The thousands of micro, boutique or craft distilleries and breweries that had been handed down from father to son were banned and destroyed and large corporations obtained the sole rights to distill mediocre, mass produced, but well-marketed spirits.

Craft gin, vodka, wine, brandy, beer and other spirits. 

Thankfully laws around the world are being liberalised and craftsmen, with their passion for perfection and their desire to explore are producing amazing gin, vodka, wine, brandy, beer and other spirits. 

Winemaking in South Africa had a terrible reputation until the 1980’s when many farmers decided to establish their own brands and produce their own wine. Competition, inspiration and a hard work ensure that today South African wines are some of the best in the world.

For those of you, who enjoy something special and want to pair their spirits, brew or wine with their food, mood and the atmosphere, there are new delightful, well-crafted and very special products appearing on shelves and more importantly, in on-line stores.

At the Thirsty Traveler, we take our food, brews, wine and spirits very seriously and, at times, light-heartedly too. Thus, in the true spirit of investigative journalism, we embarked on some very careful research into South Africa’s wines, brews and spirits.

tastings

We frequently conduct tastings of gin, vodka, wine, brandy, beer and other well crafted spirits.

Each Heritage Day we invite micro brewers from around the country to send us their wares for a tasting.  We and the brewers have had great success with these tastings in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

We also conduct regular tastings of wines, gins and other spirits.

Read on to find out more about what South Africa has to offer those with discerning taste buds.

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