As a Melbournite you’ll often find yourself in the situation of hosting interstate friends or family and, as you live here, and don’t see this fantastic city through outsiders eyes, putting pressure on yourself, wondering what you could possibly do to keep them entertained. Problem solved.
Just under an hour outside of Melbourne, in the Yarra Valley township of Healesville, you can spend a delicious afternoon (and a small fortune on gin goodness) at Four Pillars Gin Distillery.
Not necessarily new to the Yarra Valley scene, Four Pillars popularity has been on the up and up thanks to Melbourne’s love of boutique gin, fun little events like Juniperlooza 2015, Negroni Week and World Gin Day which have helped move gin drinking from its former hipster, bohemian scene to a more of a mainstream appreciation.
The team here live, breathe and love everything about gin. It’s really hard not to get caught up in their excitement and subsequently purchase everything put in front of you.
On arrival we 100% recommend paying $10 to enjoy a tasting with one of the crew. The really cool part about this is, if you keep your receipt, you can redeem that $10 back off any full-size bottle purchase. And trust us, you’ll buy something.
If you can, ask for a tasting with Elton. This man knows his gin inside and out, and makes you so excited about gin you’ll want to keep coming back for more. Elton’s fabulous story taught us a lot about gin, for example, gin is, in it’s simplest form, vodka plus juniper. The botanicals maketh the gin. Henceforth forever dispelling the myth of the ‘gin sads.’
They’ll tell you the story behind each product in their range (and trust us, each product has a story), plus all of those little ‘this-one-time-the-owners-were-discussing-this-and-from-that-this-product-was-born’ stories that make everyone feel like a VIP guest in this wonderful world of gin.
After your tasting you HAVE to have either a cocktail or Gin and Tonic tasting paddle. We had a Ginger Mule made with their Navy Strength Gin (a bottle of which may or may not have also been purchased) and a shared cheese board which was a perfect finish to the afternoon with friends.
Where: 2a Lilydale Road, Healesville VIC 3777 Australia
Opening hours: Seven days a week, 10.30am - 5.30pm and until 9.00pm on Friday and Saturdays (tastings only available until 5.30pm).
Call ahead and book for large groups.
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