Africa’s single most innovative distillery

Bain’s single grain whisky is distilled and double matured at just one location, situated at the foot of the spectacular Bainskloof Pass – The James Sedgwick Distillery, the home of Bain’s, which is the only commercial whisky distillery in Africa.

Bains Kloof

Located 45 minutes from Cape Town, on the banks of the Berg River at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass, this picturesque distillery was purchased by J. Sedgwick & Co. in 1886. One of the most beautiful grain whisky distilleries in the world, The James Sedgwick Distillery has received global recognition.

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Distillery in the Cape Mountains
Whisky Distillery

The only commercial whisky distillery in Africa

The James Sedgwick Distillery is the only commercial distillery on our continent, and produces only the finest malt and grain whiskies. Every step of the whisky-making process on this expertly managed site is overseen by Master Distiller Andy Watts, who keeps a watchful eye from start to finish to ensure quality is guaranteed. It is this keen attention to detail that has established The James Sedgwick Distillery as a leader in whisky-making, producing award-winning whisky inspired by the beauty of Bainskloof.

Sun Kissed Grain
Double matured in first-fill bourbon casks

Exceptional Flavours

The only whisky to use 100% sun-kissed South African grain from its uniquely warm location, this exceptional, amber-coloured whisky is double matured in first-fill bourbon casks, giving it a distinctive, smooth flavour that continues to win international awards year after year. 

Visit our distillery for a tasting masterclass and unique pairing menu.

Whisky Tasting
Whisky Barrels

Single grain

Bain’s is the only whisky made solely from 100% sun-kissed South African grain and double matured in first-fill bourbon casks. Experience how our whisky is made when you join us for a whisky tour of The James Sedgwick Distillery.

Bain's Single Grain Whisky
Distillery tasting

From tour to taste

The James Sedgwick Distillery offers bespoke distillery tours to give visitors a first-hand experience of how Bain’s is crafted, complemented by a unique whisky and food pairing menu. From a crisp apple chip pairing and succulents savoury pairings of smoked beef and smoked salmon or snoek, to sweet pairings of 70% dark chocolate mousse and pumpkin pie, a visit to The James Sedgwick Distillery is a sensory treat for the senses. 

Experience a tasting at the home of SA whisky

Join us for tasting tours at The James Sedgwick Distillery every Friday and Saturday at 10am and 2pm. Booking is essential. Our tours are intimate and we can only accommodate 20 guests at a time. 

Our whisky workshop

Get a glimpse inside The James Sedgwick Distillery, the most innovative distillery in Africa.