Best Distilleries in Regional Victoria

Updated 6 months ago


Four Pillars, the Healesville-headquartered gin giant and poster child of Victorian craft spirit success, rightfully looms large over the regional Victorian distillery landscape. But there are plenty of others, big and small, that are making some really interesting spirits right now.

And there are more than just gins on offer at these places, too. Thanks to gin’s comparatively swift production time relative to many other spirits, almost all of these distilleries started off by making gins. Now that they’ve been around for a few years though, don’t be surprised if some excellent whiskies and other aged spirits start making appearances at these distillery doors.

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  • Shrouded by a striking copper veil, this award-winning gin distillery is a sight to behold. Find a cellar door, a glowing gin shop, a very green gin garden, multiple events spaces and more at this unmissable Healesville distillery.

  • This boutique distillery in Bright makes truly one-of-a-kind spirits. Owner Hamish Nugent was a chef before he turned to making spirits, and it shows: Nugent applies a culinary lens to the flavours he mixes and distills.

  • This colourful brewery-slash-distillery is intent on breaking the brewpub mould. You can visit for experimental beer styles, spirits loaded with native botanicals from a nearby volcano, and a spicy menu of Asian-leaning drinking fare.

  • This gin distillery captures the essence of the Surf Coast by sourcing ingredients native to the region, such as coast daisy, kelp, pigface and saltbush. The Japanese-inspired courtyard is the best place to taste the range.

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  • At this Mornington Peninsula distillery, you’ll learn how to make your own gin. Afterwards, you get to enjoy it. But if you’d rather leave it to the experts, there’s a great bar and shop with plenty of gins and liqueurs to explore.

  • Small-batch gin made by a beer brewer with local barley and hops. Hurdle Creek is one of a few stills that produces its own base spirit, rather than mixing botanicals into spirit bought from elsewhere.

  • A distillery, cocktail bar and rum garden all in one. Classic cocktails are given a rummy twist here, which sees Negroni, Old Fashioned and Espresso Martini reimagined with rum as the hero ingredient.

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  • Belgrave is home to Australia’s first hogo rum distillery. Hogo is a wild-fermented style of rum from Jamaica characterised by its tropical, fruit-forward palette. Some say it tastes funky – but in a good way. Try it in a cocktail and you’ll never look back.

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  • A splash of the experimental runs through the hand-crafted spirits at this Mildura bar and distillery. And its lush gin garden is one of the liveliest places in town for a drink. For the city crowd unable to get up to the Mallee, the distillery’s second location in Carlton is the next best place to try the range.

  • Visit for gins infused with local botanicals (and folklore), plus woodfired pizza and house-roasted coffee. Find it on the Great Ocean Road inside the old Apollo Bay post office building.

  • This distillery’s prescription of “drink less, enjoy more” is one you’d be wise to take up – there’s a serious variety of gins, vodkas and liqueurs to try here. Plus, a satisfying menu of pizzas, tacos, antipasto platters and cheese plates.

  • A handsome gin distillery in North Geelong’s historic Federal Mills Precinct. Each gin features a bouquet of botanicals with an Australian native variety up front. Punchy, floral and inspired by Geelong’s rich distilling history.

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  • Loch has the lot: farmhouse beers, native botanical gin, rum, brandy and fantastic single-malt whiskies. Find your favourites through its tasting flights and pints at the cosy weekend-only cellar door, which is set up in Loch’s century-old former bank.

  • Just like its winery neighbours, Bellarine Distillery has a cellar door. Settle in at the sprawling former chicken farm for flights of house-made gin, cocktails and, if you’re lucky, a chance to sample its small-batch Bellarine Peninsula whisky.

  • Since its first release in 2020, Backwoods Distilling Co has made a name as one of regional Victoria’s finest micro-distilleries. Visit the lofty tasting room for small-batch whiskies and flavour-packed gins, set among the copper stills.

  • Enter through the roller door to find an industrial-chic distillery and bar. Enjoy tasting flights of gins – made with native botanicals from along the Surf Coast – plus crowd-pleasing snacks like bao and gozleme.

  • This family-run distillery blends high-quality small-batch gins in Ballarat. At its distillery door, you can take a flight with its London dry-style, navy-strength, barrel-aged and Australian gins. Plus, snack on boards littered with local cheeses, olives and more.

  • This distillery uses its own rainwater and locally foraged botanicals to craft small-batch gins. At its cellar door, sample them on a deconstructed tasting flight with colourful cheeseboards. And take home a bright bottle decorated with native Australian flora.