The Foundations of a Legacy
Juno Gin is a local gin distillery in Omata, New Plymouth and the brainchild of Taranaki born Jo and Dave James. We use Juno Gin at our Westmoreland eatery and our Auckland beverage team absolutely love developing new cocktails and pouring our customers lush gin and tonics using Jo and Dave’s beautifully crafted and locally made gin.
The Juno Gin Family:
Jo - Mother Hen of Juno Gin.
Jo has an exceptional palate and an effortless skill in articulating her perception of flavour notes and aromas. Jo has a Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Genetics and Microbiology, and after a stint working in the public health sector in Australia - she felt the pull of Mount Taranaki calling her home.
Dave - The Thinker.
Dave’s background is interesting to say the least. While working for Fonterra, he completed a degree in Climate Change. He then used his knowledge and experience to work with farmers to help them understand the science of climate change, and how to adapt their farming practices in order to survive as the global warming phenomenon approached.
Lila - The Still.
Some people name their cars, some people name their kids - Jo and Dave have named their Still. Lila is a bespoke Still designed by Jo and Dave. Of course, the easy option would have been to purchase a prebuilt Still from Europe - but that wouldn’t have been a very Jo and Dave ‘thing’ to do. Instead, they looked to their community and engaged with local firm Rivet Engineering to take on the project of building the heroine of Juno Gin. In taking on a custom design, Jo and Dave were able to gain a deep understanding of the functionality of their Still, and utilised the skills of their local community and business network. A total win, win.
- ALL KEY INGREDIENTS TO A BEAUTIFUL GIN.
OZONE FAM: ‘THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SOMETHING BEHIND THAT FAITH, THAT MADE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU COULD REALLY TURN YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY?”
DAVE: “IT WAS ACTUALLY THE TWO OF US, TOGETHER. KNOWING THAT IF ONE OF US IS HAVING A BIT OF A DOWN DAY OR A MOMENT OF DOUBT, THE OTHER ONE OF US INVARIABLY ISN’T. AND I’M GOBSMACKED AT JO’S SKILLS AND ABILITY. IT’S ALMOST LIKE WE’RE LEARNING ABOUT EACH OTHER ALL OVER AGAIN, AND FOR THAT I CONSIDER MYSELF VERY LUCKY.”
OZONE FAM: “THAT’S TOO CUTE.”
DAVE: “ISN’T IT?’