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Five best distilleries in and around Melbourne

09/07/2024

Melbourne’s finest distilleries promise not only exceptional drinks but also a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship and passion that go into every drop.

Melbourne’s dynamic and eclectic spirits scene is a hidden gem in the world of distilling. From gin to whisky, the city’s distilleries offer a diverse array of handcrafted spirits that reflect both innovation and tradition. Whether you’re a whisky aficionado, a gin lover, or a rye whiskey enthusiast, these five distilleries offer a unique and immersive experience that showcases the best of Melbourne’s artisanal spirits.

  1. Starward Distillery

    Port Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

    A trailblazer in the Australian whisky scene, Starward Whisky is known for its innovative approach to crafting whisky that’s matured in Australian wine barrels. Located in Port Melbourne and founded by David Vitale, Starward embraces Melbourne’s unpredictable climate to accelerate the maturation process, resulting in a distinctly rich and flavourful whisky. Their flagship product, Starward Nova, is a testament to their craftsmanship, boasting notes of red berries, tropical fruits, and a hint of spice. The distillery offers tours and tastings, providing visitors with a deep dive into their unique production process.

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  2. Four Pillars Gin

    Healesville, Yarra Valley, Victoria

    Located in Healesville, about an hours’ drive from Melbourne, Four Pillars Gin is a must-visit for any gin enthusiast. This internationally acclaimed distillery is celebrated for its innovative and bold gins that capture the essence of Australian botanicals. The signature Rare Dry Gin is a harmonious blend of citrus and spice, featuring native ingredients like lemon myrtle and Tasmanian pepperberry. The distillery also offers a range of experiences, including gin tastings, masterclasses, and cocktail workshops.

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  3. The Melbourne Gin Company

    Gembrook, Yarra Valley, Victoria

    In the small town of Gembrook, within the Yarra Valley region, The Melbourne Gin Company (MGC) combines traditional techniques with a contemporary twist to create gins that are both classic and unique. Founded by winemaker Andrew Marks, MGC uses a blend of local and exotic botanicals to craft their signature gins. Among these is the Melbourne Dry Gin which features 11 botanicals, including juniper, coriander, and macadamia. MGC offers tastings and tours, allowing visitors to experience the meticulous process behind their exquisite gins.

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  4. Patient Wolf

    Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria

    Patient Wolf Distilling Co. in Southbank is a modern gin distillery that prides itself on quality and innovation. Founded by Matt Argus and Dave Irwin, the distillery produces small-batch gins using a custom-built Müller copper still. The Melbourne Dry Gin is a perfect balance of traditional and contemporary botanicals, including tonka beans and aniseed myrtle. The onsite distillery bar offers a stylish venue for enjoying tastings, cocktails, and learning about the art of gin making.

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  5. The Gospel Whiskey

    Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria

    The Gospel Whiskey is Melbourne’s first dedicated rye whiskey distillery, producing small-batch spirits that pay homage to traditional American rye whiskey while incorporating Australian ingredients and techniques. The Gospel Straight Rye Whiskey is a bold and spicy spirit, with rich notes of caramel, vanilla, and dried fruit. The distillery’s urban setting in Brunswick adds to its charm, offering a unique tasting experience that showcases the best of Melbourne’s local spirit culture.

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