Helen Keller once said, “Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible!” This universal truth has carried humanity through the ages by inspiring action for a better future. Whether it be hoping that your favourite team wins the soccer world cup, hoping that your country’s state improves or hoping that the future holds something more for you and your potential. This concept has touched most of us and is also at the heart (and evidently in the name) of today’s blog about Hope on Hopkins distillery.
The distillery was founded by Leigh and Lucy when they made the bold decision to leave their corporate existence behind in search of something new in the sunny Western Cape. They settled in Salt River were the Hope on Hopkins distillery was born. Hope on Hopkins distils a range of spirits including vodka, their exotic Esperanza Blanco (a South African take on tequila) and their famous collection of gin products. My personal experience of the distillery exposed three key factors that make this distillery, not only unique, but rather exceptional!
Firstly, Leigh and Lucy have truly infused a bit of their soul into every aspect of the facility. Whether it be the charming Mr Scruff (the rescue puppy turned distillery dog) greeting you with a wagging tail at the distillery door. The famous Maude, Mildred and Mouma (the glimmering distilling equipment that was named after the founders’ grandparents) or even the couple of distillery cats lazily lounging in the tasting room... the facility undeniably exudes their personal touch of the two founders.
Secondly, the quality of the distilling process, the ingredients and of course the product. When the distillery was still in it’s infancy the power duo behind it’s success took the necessary time to experiment and refine their technique and flavours producing first their traditional London dry gin before expanding to the more local Salt River gin and of course their tropical Mediterranean gin. The care they took in developing these products is evident in the quality and flavour of the gin as well as in the atmosphere of the tasting experience. When doing a tasting at the distillery it is evident that the facility truly wants to celebrate their products, whether tasting the products as fun ice popsicles or as a classic gin and tonic.
Lastly, I fell in love with the ideology of this local gem. You see, Hope on Hopkins represents the idea that the responsibility of change lies with every individual whom desires it. Lucy and Leigh needed a change and by taking responsibility for their own future, they created a fantastic and successful business. A business that not only altered their path for the better, but also proves as a reminder that no matter what happens…Hope will always reside in South Africa.
"Look forward with hope, Not backwards with regret."