If you haven’t taken the time to visit the stunning little mountain top village that is Mt Tamborine, you’ve been missing out. There’s a lot going on within the beautiful little hinterland town – events, new businesses, the general freshness of clean air. What’s not to love?
The latest happening, which we are obviously here today to discuss, is the upgrade of the Coast’s oldest distillery, Tamborine Mountain Distillery and why now is the perfect time to get yourself up there to sample a locally made liqueur or two.
Let’s start from the beginning though because the story of the distillery is an interesting one.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery was founded in 1993 by Michael and Alla Ward and is the third oldest distillery in Queensland. It was also the first allowed a Distillery License in over a hundred years by the State Government.
Originally the distillery was set up to utlitise the fruit and plants from the couples own orchard, but (happily) the business quickly became successful and outstripped its own orchard.
A quarter of a century later and with well over 300 international awards under their belts, the Wards had become the most awarded Australian Distillery and Liquor brand in the new millennium.
Now, the much-loved distillery has changed hands and in the last few weeks, moved into a custom-designed space created to match the businesses expansion.
It is the third oldest distillery in Australia and also boasts the biggest solar farm on Tamborine Mountain because, sustainability is important y’all.
The new space is a stunning one, set up inside one of the colonial-style homes dotted throughout the mountain. It boasts a tasting bar, shelves filled with liqeuers and spirits, for your take home pleasure and a museum detailing the distilleries’ history. It’s spacious, filled with colour and dotted with tiny touches paying homage to the unique quirkiness of the brands founders. We loved it.
Now let’s chat alcohol because obviously this is what we all came for. Tamborine Mountain Distillery were the first in Australia to distill Absinthe, so there’s that if you dare. Their Limonchello is famous the world over for its citrusy tang and there is an absolute slew of liqueurs including Choc Mint, Macadamia, Musk, Orange Agave and SO MANY MORE flavours available to purchase.
Not only those though, they also make Vodka (Native Peppermint please) and a variety of schnapps, so you really can load up on the goods for your next party.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to try before you buy, so pop into the tasting room and sample a few if you please. The team welcome small and large groups and there’s now a dedicated VIP bar for private tastings.
The crew are also happy to have a chat about the process of creating the goods and let us tell you, they are very passionate about their business. As they should be.
Get up to the mountain to check out the new space (and enjoy a tipple or two) for yourself. Tamborine Mountain Distillery is the type of place that makes us proud to be Gold Coasters.
LOCATION: 10 Macdonnell Road, Tamborine Mountain
HOURS: Open daily from 10am until 4pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith