South Australian skills and distillery visit

We’ve had a tremendous scoping trip in South Australia in the last week to look at what’s happening in the distilling world, how the new South Australian Distilleries are training, or planning to train, their people.

Regency Tafe MicroBrewery

Our first cab off the rank was the South Australian Tafe and a visit to their mircobrewery centre within the Regency Campus. Certainly an envy-creating visit with a full micro brewery set up within the campus. This is accompanied by centres for cheese making, bread making and Le Cordon Bleu centre for excellence in food training.

brewery bottler - Copybrewery fermenter with annebrewery sign smallbrwery control

Barossa and McLaren Vale Distilleries

Next it was off to the Barossa and then McLaren Vale. The Barossa Distillery is creating quite fabulous gin and is on the pathway to the creation of other distilled spirit. A stunning backdrop for a distillery and one that can be leveraged off the back of the wine region story. Then we headed south to Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale and dropped in on Nick at the McLaren Vale Distillery. A fully stunning venue that although only 5 months old tells a story of great things yet to come, including some pretty great whisky and the creation of a distillery that has a clear link to the history of the region. Keep an eye on these guys.

barossa gin barrel stays  nick small still bw vats