Starwood Distillery was founded in 2007 by Melbourne born and raised David Vitale who wanted to create a whiskey that Australia can take to the world with pride, and one that reflects his home city ‘from its culture to it’s famed ‘four seasons in a day’ temperature swings.’ Starward Whiskey is developed using Australian barley and barrels but integrating maturation techniques from around the world, that along with the Victorian climate and maturation process (in Australian wine barrels), creates a distinctly Melbourne flavour. The New World Whiskey Distillery also conducts a range of Whiskey MasterClasses, dinners and open days at their workshop in Port Melbourne each month. Distillery & Bar, 50 Bertie St Port Melbourne Australia
Taking up prime position on the bustling inner north, Smith Street, Collingwood, The Craft & Co is a one stop shop for visitors wanting a taste of Melbourne. A brewery, distillery and winery as well as cellar door, eatery, cafe, bar, cheese and charcuterie. Spirits include a Collingwood Dry gin, a bloody Mary Vodka, and a Three Distillers One Gin collaboration with The West Winds and Artemis and Craft & Co. On site classes include the option for visitors to make their own cheese, pasta, beer and gin. 390 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC 3066, Australia, +61 3 9417 4755
Not yet open but eagerly anticipated and located in a renovated old chook farm, The Whiskery, will be offering whiskey and gin and will be the newest addition to Victoria's booming regional craft distillery scene when it opens in March. Already in market with its popular, Teddy and the Fox gin, the distillery door will be another stunning addition to the gourmet Bellarine Peninsula region.
Located in the hip Yarra Valley gateway of Healesville, Four Pillars Gin’s meteoric rise to global recognition now sees the brand available in most retail stores bars and restaurants around Australia and increasingly internationally too. Four Pillars produces small-batch gin with interesting blends such as the popular Bloody Shiraz and the seasonal Christmas Pudding, the gin is renowned for using native Australian botanicals alongside international counterparts. Each bottle is individually numbered and hand labelled. The stylish distillery door is available for tastings and masterclasses and special events. 2A Old Lilydale Rd, Healesville VIC 3777, (03) 5962 2791
Also located in Healesville Alchemy Distillers has recently popped up on the main street adding yet another feather in the cap of happening Yarra Valley town. Founders Evan Kipping and Jannick Zester are using a hybrid pot still with a 100-litre capacity to create their Mooshine (a corn based Bourbon style whisky), Alchemy Gin and Quinoa Vodka and more experimental small-batch spirits. The venue offers a rustic relaxed vibe in which to sample the many cocktails on offer, a new menu is coming and there is also accommodation in the form of an adjoining apartment. The business has taken over a century-old bakery. 242 Maroondah Highway, Healesville Victoria Australia 3777, Ph +613 0499 783 385
In the historic city of Ballarat, Kilderkin Distillery (named after a type of barrel) has been around since 2016 and has a focus is on producing premium quality whiskey and gin. Signature gins are a London Dry Gin and an Australian Gin. Both are infused with juniper, coriander and a range of carefully selected botanicals. There is also a series of special edition spirits, like the Cherry Gin. The first whiskies will be available from 2019. At the cellar door, which is shared with Red Duck Brewery, visitors can choose from gin tasting flights, gin and mixer drinks, beer tasting paddles, and the full range of Red Duck beers. 11A Michaels Drive, Alfredton Ballarat, VIC 3350
Husband and wife chefs from the North East, Hamish and Rachel, have turned their attention to distilling at Reed & Co Distillery in Bright. Drawing inspiration from their natural surroundings that reflects the landscape of the Alpine Region, the first limited release gin from the pair is called 'Remedy Gin' and is an Australian Dry Gin with traditional roots. A spicy gin up front with juniper and mountain pepper berry. While the middle palate shows citrus notes from the lemon myrtle and finger lime. Shiso, eucalyptus, apple and tea. The distillery itself is situated in the centre of Bright complete with a bar and a coffee roastery by Sixpence Coffee. 15 Wills Street, Bright, Victoria
Founded in 2009, this Bass and Flinders Distillery is located on the Mornington Peninsula, just over an hours’ drive from Melbourne’s city centre. They produce a range spirits including Limóncello, grape vodka, brandy and grappa but are widely known for their gin. The gin is produced using alcohol from grapes instead of grains and include a wide range of options, whether customers like it Wild and Spicy or Smooth and Soft. A visit to the refurbished cellar door combines modern architectural style with a notable barrel room, and the distillery conducts regular Gin Experience events where visitors can make their own gins using a wide range of botanicals. 232 Red Hill Road, Red Hill Victoria, (03) 5989 3154
The Timboon Railway Shed Distillery is located just 15 minutes from The Great Ocean Road and a stone’s throw from the iconic 12 Apostles. It has operated since the 1890s, originally an illicit operation delivering 100 gallons every week to thirsty locals. The 600 litre copper pot still bubbles away in the corner but nowadays it’s all legit and visitors are welcome to sample the whisky, meet the distiller and learn about Timboon’s history. The distillery is also part of the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail, with local produce including smoked eel, honey, ice cream, strawberries, ales, wines, cheese and chocolates on the menu. Visit at The Railway Yard, Bailey Street, Timboon, Ph +613 5598 3555
Just 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne, the old bank and former butchery in the South Gippsland town of Loch have been transformed into the Loch Brewery & Distillery by partners Craig Johnson and Melinda Davies. Their first focus was whisky but they are now also creating a local gin and vodka, storing all the botanicals in what was once the bank’s vault. Craig and Melinda also brew their own ales – (recently released a smoked garlic ale to align with the regional garlic festival). All spirits and beers are available at their cellar door for thirsty travellers. 44 Victoria Road, Loch +61 414 590 474
Herbal Lore specialises in healing liqueur and the combination of ancient tradition with the mysterious healing power of herbs. Their herbal liqueurs include remedies for anything from strength and power to rejuvenating and calming. In recent years, founder Robert McLean has branched out into gin and whisky. The cellar door is located in the old Daylesford Butter Factory, and visitors can also taste the liqueur chocolates, liqueur fruits and specialty ports and liqueurs while enjoying a tasting platter. Lot 2 Railway Cres, Daylesford VIC 3460,+61 3 5348 1920
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