Baker Williams Distillery
For those interested in spirits and liqueurs, Baker Williams Distillery is a must in Mudgee. Owners Helen Baker and Nathan Williams opened the doors in 2012, and it remains the region’s only distillery.
The pair developed a passion for whisky and craft distilling after a few years living in the US. Their expansion into the realm of liqueurs is impressive. The range features gin, butterscotch schnapps, orangecello, lemoncello and coffee liqueur, to name a few.
If you’re looking for whisky, pick up a 500-millilitre cask of Newmake. Then wait patiently – the idea with this young, unaged spirit is that you taste it every couple of years and find your own personal sweet spot as it ages.
This unusual product is one advantage of being owner-operated. Another is being free to experiment with local flavours. Baker and Williams make their coffee liqueur with help from a local roaster. The orangecello is made of locally sourced oranges which are hand-peeled by Helen, before the rest of the fruit is sent off to either a local cordial maker or as food for pigs at the farm up the road.
At the cellar door, you can taste the full range and play a game of croquet on the lawn. If Baker and Williams are in the middle of fermenting or distilling, you’ll catch the scent from wherever you are on premises.