Jorgensen’s are artisan distillers of handcrafted premium spirits, an entirely family-run business. The fairly small, (10 hectares) farm is to be found within the urban edge of Wellington in the Boland.
The distillery’s products include brandy, vodka, gin, absinthe and liqueurs such as Limoncello and lime, bay leaf and naartjie. Everything that goes into these products is made by hand and from scratch.
The emphasis is on a holistic approach to farming and distillation, using bottles and packaging that are reused or recycled. Jorgensen’s runs the farm on strict principals that minimise municipal waste. Roger Jorgensen has an incredible knowledge of botany and takes great pleasure in discussing the plants (all grown on the farm) used to make the spirits, especially the absinthe.
The family opens the farm to the public by prior appointment and I highly recommend this tour as a unique and intimate look into the manufacture of handcrafted spirits. You’d be hard pressed to find a family more welcoming and kind-hearted too. My bet is that you’ll be taking a few of these very sexy bottles of spirits home for loved ones, or yourself.
Versailles Farm, Regent Street, Wellington