In what might be the world’s smallest commercial distillery, perched on the side of Moonshine Valley, in suburban Upper Hutt, north of Wellington, NZ, small batches of the finest gin are quietly being crafted.
After 30 years of home distilling and perfecting the craft of making gin that family and friends could not get enough of, Ruin Distillery was born.
The distillery is a mere 4 metres square in size, but there is some fine alchemy happening in that small space.
The finest gin makers typically make their own spirit and at Ruin, we make ours from scratch.
Our grain neutral spirit is fermented with the finest ingredients, including a champagne yeast. It is temperature controlled and constantly monitored at every step.
This pure and very smooth spirit is double distilled and single shot vapour infused. Inspired by our beautiful Upper Hutt backyard, The Valley has a botanical profile that includes lemon and orange zest, black pepper and licorice, infused with kawakawa and wild fennel foraged locally from the banks of Te Awa Kairangi.
Ruin is a wry nod to the historical reference to gin as ‘mother’s ruin’; and from a place of ruin there is no other choice but to rise and conquer.
THE VALLEY - THE HOME AND HEART OF RUIN
BEHIND THE BOTTLES
Tony has been perfecting the craft of distilling spirits for over thirty years. On the urging of family and friends he has moved his side hustle to centre stage so as to share his exceptional gin with the rest of the world. As well as demonstrating technical excellence in creating a quality base spirit, Tony has developed a complex and very pleasing gin flavour profile with a combination of traditional botanicals and locally foraged seeds and leaves. Tony is passionate about his craft and takes extreme care to ensure that gin perfection is decanted into every bottle.
Jacqui is the other partner in this gintastic enterprise. She is the first line in quality control with responsibility for branding, social media and riverside foraging.
Photo of Tony with his still, affectionately named Stylvia after his much loved mother-in-law Sylvia, the original gin queen.