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History of Distilling at Wildbrumby

 

 

The story of the Thredbo Valley distillery is a tale of the antipodes melding with European tradition.

 

Stephen Hagleitner

The Wildbrumby story begins with schnapps – that quintessential tipple from the Alpine region of Europe. Schnapps distilleries are native to the European Alps, where the winters proved too cold for traditional wine production.

 

It was in the Austrian region of Kitzbühel that wildbrumby founder, Brad Spalding, met his future wife, Monika. Monika’s grandfather, Stephen Hagleitner, was distilling schnapps long before the couple were born. Enchanted by this rich distilling heritage, Brad studied the traditional methods and then set out to introduce European-style schnapps to Australia’s Snowy region.

 

With its pure mountain water and rolling green hills, they judged the breath-taking Thredbo Valley the most fitting location to deliver home-grown schnapps to Australian alpine enthusiasts pining for a taste of European culture. Traditional methods developed over many centuries, combined with exclusive access to home-grown organic fruit and botanicals, became the inspiration behind a brand new line of liqueur schnapps that proved well suited to Australian palates. Their investment in organic produce and botanicals led to further innovation, as the distillery continued to push boundaries with flavour, essence and ‘mouthfeel’.

 

Digging deeper into the science of spirits, they rolled out a line of high-proof vodka, followed by a varietal ‘Spirit of Chardonnay,’ made for the master of wine, Michael Hill Smith. Combining this distilling know-how with an almost-obsessive focus on the provenance and flavour of core ingredients has seen the distillery expand its stable of spirits in recent years, introducing its range of award-winning Wildbrumby gin.

 

Blended with pH-balanced mountain spring water, the gin range benefits from unique mineral trace elements that completely soften and round its effect on the palate. The result is an exceptionally satisfying, viscous spirit that really stands out in the glass.