South Devon has some hidden gems of breweries, distilleries and vineyards. Whether you want to take a tour or just sample what’s on offer you can make some great holiday memories whilst quenching your thirst.
Salcombe is South Devon’s yachting haven and what better ritual to adopt than that of the “sundowner”- a refreshing gin and tonic – after a day on the water! Salcombe Gin opened the doors of its distillery in 2016. Located on Island Street, Salcombe Gin has since scooped numerous national and international awards. Their gin is hand-distilled from 13 carefully selected botanicals and blended with pure Dartmoor water in a 450 litre copper still using a traditional “one shot” method. Visit the Distillery for a drink in the bar or book in to the gin school to create your own unique blend of gin and take home the ultimate 70cl souvenir of your holiday!
Salcombe gin is available at many of our local pubs, including the Cricket Inn, and is for sale locally at Stokeley Farm Shop, Chillington Post Office and Kingsbridge Wine Rooms. https://www.salcombegin.com/
Salcombe brewery is located in the countryside near Kingsbridge, looking towards the Salcombe estuary. The site has its own borehole which supplies the brewery with its own source of pure Devonian water, perfect for the brewing process. The Brewery has 4 fermenting vessels capable of making 350 casks every week. Visitors are welcome for tours or brew days. The Brewery Shop is open during the week from 10am to 4pm, on some Saturdays 10am -2pm (seasonally), and sells beer, gift packs and branded merchandise. https://www.salcombebrewery.com/
South Hams Brewery
This 10 barrel plant is run by the Brooking family on the site at Stokeley Farm Shop, overlooking beautiful Start Bay. The family have a real love for real ale and are the small brewery that’s very big on taste! Popular classic ales, such as Eddystone, Wild Blonde and Devon Pride, can be found alongside seasonal ales for sale in Stokeley Farm Shop and many local establishments. http://southhamsbrewery.co.uk/
Just two miles from Totnes, The Sharpham vineyard overlooks the River Dart where the soil, climate and grape variety combine to make a unique regional wine. Sharpham are at the forefront of vine-growing and winemaking in the UK and have won numerous Regional, National and International medals. Visit the vineyard to sample their wine and take a tour of the vineyard. Sharpham wine is available to buy at Stokely Farm Shop and Kingsbridge Wine Rooms. http://www.sharpham.com/
Beeson Farmhouse Cider
Beeson Farm has always produced its own cider from the apples that grow in our orchard. Each year the apples are harvested, pressed and fermented on site. Guests are very welcome to join in with the process – especially the tasting! We work closely with Orchard Link, a south Devon organisation set up in 1998 by apple and cider enthusiasts concerned about the disappearance of traditional orchards in the area. Our traditional farmhouse cider is available to buy from the farmhouse door. Enjoy a cold glass of cider whilst sitting in the courtyard in which the traditional stone cider press is now a decorative focal point.