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Swanndri Due West: Reefton Distilling Co

“What’s wrong with rain?”

For Patsy Bass, founder and Chief Executive of Reefton Distilling Co., rain is the most invigorating thing in the world – for us and our environment. It makes sense. Rain really is part of what makes New Zealand so special.

Of course, it’s one of the reasons Swanndri clothing was first created – to protect Kiwis from the elements. It’s also one of the reasons Patsy started Reefton Distilling Co. The world’s purest water, straight out of the sky and filtered through rock and native New Zealand forest is a huge advantage when you’re making craft gins and other spirits.

 

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Keeping it Coastal: Swanndri Spring/Summer 2020

As men and women of the southern hemisphere prepare to clock off and kick their feet up for a hard-earned summer holiday, there is an air of excitement amongst this keen, adventurous bunch. For us, summer isn’t about sipping cocktails by the poolside of an over-priced resort in an over-crowded “destination”. For us, it’s about keeping it local in New Zealand and exploring Godzone.

So, this summer, we’re hitting the hills and bays of our own backyard: Canterbury’s stunning Banks Peninsula. Swanndri HQ is nestled at the foot of the Port Hills and that’s no accident: the peninsula is not only our backyard; it’s our playground and bread basket, too.

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The Otago Journey: First Stop – Blanket Bay

On the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, just a short drive from the world-famous destination of Queenstown, lies Blanket Bay. It’s the surrounding landscape — a mix of blue lake and snow-covered rocky mountains — that provided the inspiration for the Swanndri Winter 2020 collection.

Central Otago is a land of extremes: extreme geological formations and an extreme climate. From blisteringly hot summers to bitterly cold winters, the region has it all. The change in seasons is one of the many things that keeps the region interesting for Tom Butler, General Manager of Blanket Bay Lodge. 

“We get four distinctive seasons,” he says. 

“Summer can be stifling hot and dry and you get that quite arid look, springs are usually beautifully calm and it’s a stunning part of year with everything in bloom, winter is crisp with snow all about, and Central Otago, as far as New Zealand goes, has one of the prettiest autumns. We get so many shades of yellows and golds.  It’s quite spectacular, and all the seasons are quite unique.”

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