Published 5 June 2019, updated 27 May 2020
Every day is a great day for gin in the Yarra Valley, but with the annual arrival of World Gin Day (second Saturday in June every year worldwide) there are even more reasons to celebrate!
If you haven’t yet dived into a gin paddle experience at Four Pillars, we’ve got a couple of great reasons why the Yarra Valley, just one hour from Melbourne, is the perfect destination for a Gin Trail. This super popular spirit is enjoying a super resurgence and it’s no wonder when you taste the contemporary gins being crafted today – aromatic, subtle, sophisticated and delicious. With all the love and attention given to the wines of the Yarra Valley, gin is your next go-to taste sensation.
Where to discover the alchemical nature of gin in the Yarra Valley:
Four Pillars Gin, Healesville
There’s just about everything gin at Four Pillars Distillery. If you’re yet to discover the Rare Dry, or the limited edition Bloody Shiraz Gin now is the time to pay them a visit. Tasting paddles and an extensive cocktail list (which is revived each season with innovative new offers) are just the beginning. Be taken through a step-by-step tasting, and watch gin distillation and production through the viewing windows as you see, smell, and soak in the multitude of aromatics that make this experience a feast for the senses. And it doesn’t stop with gin tastings – there’s gin marmalade, gin chocolate, gin cheese, gin cocktails, and even gin pig snags (according to season and events). Four Pillars Gin has taken on a world of gin and we’re the winners!
Rochford Wines Gin Bar, Coldstream
When you make great wine, it stands to reason you make great gin! Rochford Wines adds a new experience to their Cellar Door and Isabella's restaurant with the opening of a new gin tasting bar! Try their signature gins distilled from Rochford Chardonnay and Rochford Pinot Noir, enhanced with carefully matched botanicals. Can you ask for more?
Zonzo Estate Gin, Yarra Glen
Zonzo’s Orange and Rosemary Infused Gin is a not to be missed experience. Dedicated to great taste, the 230-acre Zonzo Estate is home to an outstanding range of wines, authentic Italian dining and fabulous views across rolling vineyards. Lean in and sip a gin-based cocktail or enjoy the subtle aromatics as simple as it pours. A feast of flavour.
Coombe Estate - Dame Nellie Melba Gin
Exclusive and elusive to Coombe Estate, this extraordinary handcrafted spirit is a contemporary twist on the original London Dry Gin. Native Australian lemon myrtle is used to enhance the citrus presence in the spirit whilst the classic pairing of juniper and coriander seed gives subtle scents of lavender on the nose. The deeper pallet of woody spices and candied citrus is blended with the pine and resin notes of the juniper. The long, complex, textural finish brings smoothness and richness to the gin, epitomising all that Melba represents. The result is a gin of enigmatic beauty, that exudes exceptional quality and elegance to create a flavour as unique as its heritage. With just 500 bottles available - buy online.
The Melbourne Gin Company, Gembrook
Gin Maker Andrew Marks adopts a winemaking approach to the distillation of gin by extracting the flavour of botanicals individually to understand their unique characteristics. Established in 2012, available everywhere.
Alchemy Distillers, Healesville
A small batch distillery located in Healesville specialising in batch spirits, including gin, chamomile gin, whiskey and vodka.
World Gin Day 2020 is Saturday 13 June. You’re welcome!