HOW OUR JOURNEY BEGAN
Inspiration can be found in unexpected places. For oenologist Hanneli vd Merwe, it came on a business trip to Europe in November 2015 where corporate entertaining led to a personal discovery of the tasty world of craft gin and designer tonics. Since becoming the first woman to obtain a PhD in Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch, she had been thirsting for a new adventure – who would have thought the answer would lie in the cocktail she was enjoying.
Back in South Africa, she observed the craft gin industry was already establishing itself and winning the hearts & palates of discerning consumers with the level of local craftsmanship. Yet amidst this growing excellence and diversity there was a sorely felt void. South Africa needed a natural, high-quality tonic water to complement its emerging gin industry – she decided to change this. Today Barker & Quin is a partnership between herself and long time colleague and friend, Chris Wium.
Barker & Quin, let the journey begin.