3 April 2023

A good drop - Wildbrumby Distillery turns 20

| Gail Eastaway
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Inside the Wildbrumby Distillery.

Brad Spalding in Wildbrumby’s distillery. Photo: Adam McGrath.

Let’s raise a glass to pure mountain spirits crafted in the heart of the Snowy Mountains.

Wildbrumby Distillery, a pioneer of the Australian spirits industry, is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary.

It was way back in 2003 that Wildbrumby founders Brad and Monika Spalding set out to create a haven for distilling and the arts in the stunning Snowy Mountains region.

Over the past two decades the distillery has become a staple of the Australian spirits scene, winning numerous awards for unique and delicious products.

It is also a regular sponsor of local charities and sporting events, and in 2022 it was named ‘Business of the Year’ at the 2022 Jindabyne’s Citizen Award Ceremony.

Using locally sourced ingredients, the distillery has become the most recognised schnapps distillery in Australia, attracting visitors from all around the world.

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“Twenty years ago, we had a vision to create a distillery that would produce world-class spirits using the purest water from the Snowy Mountains,” Brad said.

“Today, we are proud to have established a distillery that is not only recognised in Australia but also globally, winning numerous awards across our unique product range.”

The distillery produces a wide range of fruit-based schnapps and in 2018, its flagship product, peach nectar, was a gold medalist at the Australian Distilled Spirits awards, and it was named ‘Apple Schnapps Distillery of the Year’ at the Melbourne International Spirits Competition.

Wildbrumby also produces a popular range of gin featuring locally sourced botanicals, with each variety striking gold at international spirits competitions in years past.

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Brad and Monika are champions of the arts and have embedded their own artistic vision throughout the distillery, where works from various artists are showcased, including those by Brad (aka Spalding), who is an accomplished artist in his own right.

Distillery visitors can also stroll through the extensive sculpture garden which offers an immersive art experience that is designed to inspire, delight and provoke as it seamlessly blends with the natural surroundings.

To mark its 20-year milestone, Wildbrumby is planning a series of events and activities throughout the year, starting on 7 April (Good Friday) with the Hip Replacements playing live music at the distillery from 1 pm to 4 pm.

“We are excited to celebrate our 20th year anniversary with the community that has supported us throughout the years,” Brad said.

“So come raise a glass for Wildbrumby, one of the pioneers of the Australian craft distillery scene, and here’s to many more years of delicious schnapps and spirits!”

To keep up with what’s happening at the distillery, head to the WildBrumby website.

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