Stellenbosch-based Van Ryn's Brandy Distillery has rounded off a winning year with news that they are the New York International Spirits Competition's International Brandy Producer of the Year.
The fifth annual edition of the Competition also saw Gold medals awarded to the Van Ryn's 12 year old Distillers Reserve and the Van Ryn's 15 year old Fine Cask Reserve. These are both premium potstill brandies, which according South African law must be distilled in a copper potstill and matured for a minimum of three years.
Judged by people working in the liquor industry, such as buyers, sommeliers, hoteliers and importers, the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC) is open to commercially produced spirits from around the world which are sold in the United States.
"This is an exceptional honour for Van Ryn's because on average, less than half of those who submit win a medal," said Genius Mnywabe, Distell's Marketing Manager for fine randy and cognac.
The award seals what has been superb year of performance by Van Ryn's, which in July also won the International Spirits Challenge's Best Worldwide Brandy trophy for the Van Ryn's 15 year old. It was the fourth time in six years that the Distillery has collected the trophy.
Van Ryn's Master Distiller Marlene Bester was delighted with brand's success at the NYISC. "International awards confirm what we already know about the incredibly quality of South African potstill brandies, however it is watching people enjoying a brandy that took a lot of time and effort to produce which I find most rewarding."