Five more WA distilleries to check out.
Swan Valley Gin Co.
Loraine Donlevy and Martin Buck’s gin journey (swanvalley gincompany.com.au) began with a tasting in Spain more than a decade ago. In 2018, they bought their first still and began turning Spanish wine grapes into highly drinkable gins. Try the flagship Diablo Artisan Dry Gin at the couple’s busy and fun tasting room.
Harris Organic Wines
Producing organic brandy, gin, moonshine and vodka, Harris is a one-stop Swan Valley spirits shop (harrisorganicwine.com.au). Its brandies are aged for at least three years and exported around the world, while the specialist gins are produced in tiny batches of just 33 bottles. Distiller Duncan Harris offers guided tours and tastings of the certified organic operation.
Great Northern Distillery
The state’s most-awarded rum distillery and home of the acclaimed Canefire Rum (canefire.net), Great Northern isn’t like most rum producers: the process begins with Australian cane sugar rather than molasses. Don’t skip the gin and vodka, though – both can be enjoyed in a cocktail at the alfresco Swan Valley tasting rooms.
Running With Thieves
Celebrated brewer Running With Thieves (runningwiththieves.com) has turned its hand to spirits, producing three gins and one vodka at its South Fremantle digs. The 002 Trial Batch Series Gin is an instant classic, with fragrant upfront juniper supported by bright citrus and a pink peppercorn finish. The big, busy restaurant is all very dude food-y with ribs, skewers and gin-cured salmon.
O’Connor is a light-industrial area near Fremantle known for large sheds and small factories. Tucked among them is this über-cool craft distillery and cellar door (wanderingdistillery. com.au). Try the Signature Gin for its classic juniper kick and citrus notes from lemon myrtle, coriander and orange peel.