We have 12 beautiful acres just outside Bega on Australia’s pristine Sapphire Coast. The area is renowned for its fertile soils, rolling green hills and stunning coastline.
Surrounded by lush unspoiled countryside, and with a garden that’s bursting with life, it’s probably no coincidence that our gin ended up being called North of Eden! And, as you’d expect, a lot of that abundance goes into our gins, including homegrown citrus and that most amazing of Australian natives, the finger lime.
The distillery itself used to be a farm shed. We converted it into a distillery over a period of 12 months, putting in power and water and finally installing our three beautiful alembic copper stills in October 2018. We did all the work ourselves and couldn’t be prouder of the result.
It may not be the biggest distillery in the world, and it certainly doesn’t have the fanciest of gadgets, but as you’re standing there looking out at views of Mumbulla Mountain, while listening to the gin flow and watching the occasional chicken wander past the door, you can’t help but smile. We like to think that some of that contented spirit infuses every bottle of our gin.
Gavin is the master distiller, lifter of heavy things, talented chicken wrangler and all-round handyman.
Karen is the head bottler, labeller, salesperson and Gavin’s number one gin taster.
Mr Bill is the elder statesman of our distillery dogs and has an innate talent for sleeping on the job and plonking himself down in the most inconvenient place possible.
Jim is our newest recruit and is enthusiastically embracing his duties as distillery dog in training. He particularly enjoys eating the rye flour that we use to seal the stills, cuddling up with Mr Bill and barking at cows.