MT. UNCLE DISTILLERY
A relative old-timer, Mt Uncle Distillery has been making the most of the Atherton Tablelands’ fabulous produce since 2001. Its gins are international prize winners with its Botanic Australis Navy Strength picking up Gin of the Year at a London Spirits Competition. Talk about beating them at their own game.
As well as fabulous gins with the Botanic Australis Gin brand – including a bushfire smoked and Christmas pudding flavour – Mt Uncle makes rum, agave products and vodka. Drop into the cellar door for a taste and later have a wander round this distillery’s expansive grounds.
The Cellar Door on Chewko Road, Walkamin is open from 10am to 4pm daily.
WILD RIVER MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY
Small, skilful, batch distilling partnered with big Australian flavours brings the Wild River experience.
Sitting 2850 feet above sea level and beside the Wild River at Wondecla, the Wild River Mountain Distillery has been producing gin for six years.
Its range includes traditional London dry styles and a Bush to Beach range that adds tropical notes to the equation. Husband and wife team Wes and Amy Marks have taken the natural advantages of their environment to produce a gin that speaks of the Atherton Tablelands.
Wild River tastings are by appointment. Call 0448868529 or email email@example.com
EVENTIDE HILLS DISTILLERY
They say make your passion your job and Eventide founders Kelli and Andrew Smith have made both their passion and their home their vocation.
Both are Atherton Tablelands locals and are passionate about leaving a very nimble footprint on the land – even to the point of recycling a former milk vat for their mash tun. Located halfway between Herberton and Wondecla, Eventide Hills Distillery has been winning international acclaim with its first release Reflection Gin, the perfect sundowner tipple.
As well as gin, the couple make vodka, cold brew coffee liqueur and boutique cocktail infusions.
Eventide plans to open a family friendly cellar door soon.
MOUNTAIN GROVES DISTILLERY
Rainforestation is bringing Club Tropicana to Kuranda with the opening of Mountain Groves Distillery.
Mountain Groves was the original orange orchard and coffee plantation on the Rainforestation site, and the name is a tribute to that earlier endeavour.
Mountain Groves Distillery makes a range of flavoured liqueurs, taking local tropical fruits and spices and turning them into beautiful and exclusive products on site.
Think pineapple and cinnamon, passionfruit and pepper berry, mango and chilli. Mountain Groves is looking to expand quickly to 10 options with some fun bush tucker flavours coming soon.
Rainforestation Nature Park is at the top of the Kennedy Highway, Kuranda from 9am to 3.30pm
DISTIL ON THE HILL
Distinctively, beautifully flavoured gins are produced by this Kuranda native.
Alive with botanicals and flavours including mandarin, pink pepper, raspberry, macadamia, lemon balm, orange blossom and of course, juniper (fun fact: that’s why gin is called gin) these small batch beauties made in the hills of Jumrum Springs have quickly become renowned.
Company founders Neddy and Christian met beachside in Far North Queensland and made it their mission to create a modern London dry style gin using traditional methods.
While there is no cellar door for Distil on the Hill, orders can placed online.