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March 2, 2020

How’d your favourite SA distilleries do at the World Gin Awards?

Six South Australian distilleries have brought home 11 gongs from the 2020 World Gin Awards, recently held in London.

  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Supplied

The World Gin Awards happened in London once again, on Thursday, 27 February, and as always, men, women and children of the local spirits industry were watching the awards keenly.

South Australia’s gin boom, by now, needs no introduction – you’ve seen the explosion of local distilleries (we hope) in CityMag’s own coverage, on the city’s back bars, and in bottle shops.

Just this week, one of our own, Sacha La Forgia, was recognised as the best distiller in the global industry in Gin Magazines Icons of Gin Awards.

We’ve got a lot to be proud of, including the following six distilleries, who collectively took home 11 awards.

If you’ve not tried the lot, see if you can track them down in your favourite bar, or stop by their distillery doors.


Australian Distilling Co.

Trophies: Gold: 0  Silver: Bronze:Total: 3

World’s Best London Dry Gin
Melbourne Gin
Brisbane Gin

World’s Best London Dry Gin
Adelaide Gin


Adelaide Hills Distillery

Trophies: Gold: 2  Silver: Bronze:Total: 2

World’s Best Classic Gin
78 Degrees Dry Gin

World’s Best Contemporary Style Gin
78 Degrees Desert Strength Gin


Ambleside Distillers

Trophies: Gold: 0  Silver: Bronze:Total: 2

World’s Best London Dry Gin
Big Dry Gin

World’s Best Signature Botanical Gin
No. 8 Botanical Gin


Never Never Distilling Co.

Trophies: Gold: 0  Silver: Bronze:Total: 2

This image: Meaghan Coles

Country Winner (Australia)
World’s Best Navy Gin
Juniper Freak (2018 vintage)

World’s Best Classic Gin
Southern Strength Gin


Needle & Pin Spirits

Trophies: Gold: 0  Silver: Bronze:Total: 1

Image source: Instagram

World’s Best Compound Gin
Sevílli Bathtub Style Gin


Twenty Third Street Distillery

Trophies: Gold: 1  Silver: Bronze:Total: 1

World’s Best London Dry Gin
Signature Gin


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