Headlands Distilling Co win international awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition!
Introducing Headlands Distilling Co. Wollongong’s first Vodka Distillery!
We spent the afternoon with Jared and Lachlan who took us on a tour of their boutique distillery. After sampling a number of their deliciously crafted spirits we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at how they distill their whiskey and gin – yes I said GIN!!
The Headlands Distilling Co was founded by four University of Wollongong friends – Jared, Lachlan, Dean and Thomas. Three of the four friends grew up in the Illawarra and it’s evident they are proud of their hometown.
The distillery has not only been built on strong friendships but they are dedicated to their craft and giving back to their local community. The guys are extremely easy to talk to and humble with everything they have achieved so far.
Local & Native Produce
Headland’s Distilling Co. are committed to using local native produce to deliver a unique Illawarra flavour. When you taste the Seacliff Vodka you quickly get an appreciation that they don’t compromise on quality and understand the hard work they have put into producing a perfect spirit. They are so passionate about their business that you may even see them out foraging local botanicals like the Illawarra plum or native raspberries to infuse into their gin. Just wait till you see the gin bottle – it’s amazing!
The base ingredient of the Seacliff Vodka is grain (so I have learnt) which is grown in the Riverina region of New South Wales and the pure spring water is also sourced directly from the New South Wales Southern Highlands. The Headlands Distilling Co. believes in a “grain to glass” philosophy which allows them to work directly with their suppliers to ensure each ingredient is of the highest quality.
Headlands Distilling Co. also promotes a number of sustainable initiatives such as providing farmers with the leftover grain husks to feed their animals, offering a recycled bottle program and using 100% renewable energy. That, however, isn’t where it ends they also donate 20% of their profits to SpinalCure Australia – pretty impressive right!
Tours, Tastings & Take Home
Tours and tastings can be enjoyed on Fridays 4-7pm and Sundays 12-4pm at the tasting bar which is located at 12/6-8 Ralph Black Drive, North Wollongong
Alternatively, you can purchase a bottle of your favourite Headlands Distilling Co. spirit online or at selected Illawarra establishments.
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