The Swan Valley is proving to be a hub for innovative thinking when it comes to wine, craft beer and distilleries and there is now a new kid on the block, working right out of Pandemonium Wine Estate; Swan Valley Gin Co.
I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch of their gins on Saturday. The event ran from 4-8pm.
The Travelling Corkscrew visited and wrote about her winery cellar door experience at Pandemonium Estate, including the tastings and the service, which she stated: “these guys know exactly what good hospitality is”. The service was again fantastic throughout the night.
When you first walk into the Pandemonium Wine Estate cellar door, you will notice a new gin tasting area on the right-hand side.
The service area has been created to look a little different to the wine service area with a lot of dark wood features while the wine service area is contrasted by stainless steel and lighter colours.
The Swan Valley Gin Company launched three Artisan Dry Gins:
- Artisan Dry Gin
- Strawberry Dry Gin, and
- Spiced Cumquat Gin
The gin service area also includes this handy sign to give you some additional information about their three varieties.
When we arrived we were greeted with a gin cocktail – the Artisan Dry Gin with a slice of mandarin, mandarin peel and mint. It was a great way to start the event.
There were several gin cocktails available for purchase during the course of the night and we made sure to try quite a few.
We were invited to see how each of the gins are made. The table is full of laboratory flasks, graduated cylinders and ingredients for the Artisan Dry Gin.
There was plenty of platters, snacks and wine available throughout the night.
The cellar door was full of patrons enjoying the launch of the Diablo Artisan Dry Gin varieties.
The second gin cocktail we had for the night was the Strawberry Dry Gin with a slice of strawberry.
The third cocktail was the Spiced Cumquat Gin, including a garnish of Rosemary and Mint.
The lovely yellow colour is from the cumquats and a hint of turmeric, and you may even notice a little kick from the chilli.
We decided to step outside to enjoy the sun setting and the views of the vines.
In addition to the platters and snacks, we were also treated to some freshly made Paella.
How good is this Swan Valley sunset? It was an absolute ripper!
As the night progressed, we realised that we couldn’t just try their gin. I mean, this is a wine blog and we were at the Pandemonium Wine Estate after all. We weighed up our options and decided to have a glass of sparkling.
I opted to have a glass NV Sparkling Chenin Blanc a grape that is well known to the Swan Valley.
My partner opted to go with something a little more sweeter, a glass of the Sparkling Moscato.
But we didn’t realise that weren’t finished with the gin cocktails, ending the night with a Strawberry Artisan Dry Gin, using the Pandemonium Estate Sparkling Moscato as the mixer. I love it when you can include fruit with a cocktail, as it becomes a delicious alcoholic snack at the end.
Before the night was over, we were treated to some doggo time. So cute and fluffy!
More About Pandemonium Estate
Pandemonium Estate is a small, boutique winery in the Swan Valley producing table and fortified wine. Martin and Loraine purchased the property in 2007 and produced their first wine in 2008.
You can find several traditional Swan Valley varieties at the Cellar door, which is open to the public on weekends and public holidays, 11am until 5pm. You may even want to follow them on Facebook as they regularly hold events like their Wine and Pizza Sundays.
Pandemonium also offers a bed & breakfast if you’re keen on a Swan Valley stay-cation. With wine and gin that close to your bed, what’s not to love about that?
The Swan Valley Gin Company gins are available for tasting at the cellar door as of today and I encourage you to visit to try the gins for yourself.
You can visit the cellar door at 1050 Great Northern highway, Baskerville.