Meet Cherie and Steve, a father and daughter duo taking the spirit world by storm. Born and bred in Mildura, Steve was never shy of trying something new. When the city’s iconic The Setts building came up for sale, he had the vision to turn it into something the city would be proud to call their own and draw visitors to experience Mildura. That something is Fossey’s Distillery (aka Fossey’s).
After spending years tinkering with winemaking at home, Steve turned his attention to distilling spirits, in particular whisky. While researching this new craft, he discovered the turnaround time to make gin was quicker, as gin could be distilled in one day compared to a minimum of two years required to distil, rest, sit and mature whisky. A decision that has resulted in an offering of up to 20 flavoured gins, including barrel-aged varieties.
While boutique gin brands have flooded the market in recent years, Fossey’s has made its mark in the industry by using grape instead of grain as the base, pairing with native flavours and botanicals from the region. From saltbush picked from the nearby Murray River to locally grown chilli and kaffir lime leaves supplied by the community, crafting Fossey’s gins has turned into a whole community affair.
Fossey's intended to open one night a week, as a place for locals and visitors to treat themselves to a cocktail or tasting board in a relaxed environment, but due to the popularity for their offering, Fossey’s now opens four nights a week. Visitors are encouraged to watch the distilling process in action each Thursday.
As with any business, Fossey’s has faced challenges in its five years in business, with its geographical location, over 500km north of Melbourne, making it difficult to initially connect with suppliers. However, the sense of pride for the local community and region outweighs this challenge by being able to showcase the flavours of Mildura and help draw visitors to experience Mildura.
One visit to Fossey’s Distillery and you’ll walk away with more than just the experience of tasting the local flavours but an understanding of how proud the whole team are to share what’s so special about their region.
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