Tasmania is Australia’s whisky homeland. Since 1994 when Bill Lark revitalised the industry the Tasmanian distilling industry has taken off and in doing so has laid the foundation for growth of the New World industry throughout Australia.
So what has made the Tasmanian industry such a force in distilling. The success of this growth probably sits with a few distilling leaders who did the hard yards to get Tasmanian whiskies into the hands of the drinkers.
If you talk to any of the stalwarts – think Bill Lark (Lark Distillery), Patrick Maguire (Sullivans Cove), Casey Overeem (Overeem) and Mark Littler (Hellyer’s Road) those early years were tough. “Tasmanian whisky? What”
Just like any new distiller starting out these fellow peddled their wares at trade shows, visited bars and bottle shops and creatively promoted their whiskies week after week. Turn forward time and some twenty years later finally the market began to cotton on.
Now, in Tasmania (and more broadly throughout Australia) there are many many more distilleries – around 45 in Tasmania and 250 nationwide (in mid 2019). The new breed of distilleries are making everything from whisky and gin to moonshine, fruit spirits and vodka. It has become a creative and dynamic industry and one that continues to attract new starters to a market that is loving Australian ingenuity.
If you are heading to Tasmania, there is also no shortage of distilleries you can visit and the other thing that you can be assured of is that if you visited a year or two that the landscape will undoubtedly look very different. Our distilleries continue to grow and thrive and this make for an exciting visit to the island state.
This map continues to grow and change, so please make sure you contact the distilleries first and research on the net your options for tastings and tours. You will also find a great range of tasting houses and bars on your journey with highlights in Hobart, the East Cost, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie and up in Smithton.
Check out our map below to see who might be worth a visit. See the Tasmanian distilleries map