When Lorna Scott launched Inverroche Gin in 2012 in Still Bay together with her son Rohan and daughter Lauren, Scott had never worked at a distillery before, let alone had any experience in the liquor industry. But this only ignited her curiosity to learn the craft.
She says: “My background includes marketing and as Deputy-Mayor of the Hessequa Municipality where I became involved in sustainable development.”
“I believe that if you have a passion for something which in my case is telling a story by making gin, then you can achieve anything if you put your mind and hard work to it. And you can have a career change in your mid-50s!”
With that passion to succeed Scott was already one step ahead of the competition and was the first person to infuse gin with fynbos, creating a new category in the local and international liquor industry.
But she also has a very real passion for sustainability which has led to a successful eco-friendly business where 70% of the staff is women employed from the local community and the entire gin-making process, from distillation to bottle, is symbiotic with the environment.