Belgrove Distillery — Tasmania, 3121 Midland Hwy, Kempton
Speaking of innovative, Tassie’s Belgrove Distillery is the greenest in the world. It’s bio-fuelled and its distilling equipment is made out of old machinery. Yes, that innovative. Just a 45-minute drive north of Hobart, Belgrove Distillery is a sustainable utopia hatched by Peter Bignell, a sixth-generation Tasmanian farmer.
The distillery is zero waste and operates on a closed-loop system. In fact, the only thing that Bignell brings into the process is used cooking oil to make biofuel — but even that comes from the roadhouse just next-door to the distillery.
Belgrove’s grain is grown on-site, and then it’s harvested and stored late in the summer. Malting is done in a repurposed laundromat tumble dryer, and the 500-litre copper pot still was built by Peter himself. That’s next-level innovative. Make sure you put a visit to Belgrove Distillery on your whisky tour bucket list.
Lark Distillery — Tasmania, 40 Denholms Rd, Cambridge
We couldn’t go on a distillery tour of Australia without stopping at Lark Distillery, right? You probably know the story of how Bill Lark launched the Australian whisky industry on a trout fishing trip already. But if you don’t, check it out here.
Lark distillery has grown a lot since the early days on Bill’s kitchen bench to a large facility in the heart of one of Tasmania’s best-known wine regions, Coal River Valley. Lark brew their own wash on-site, using Tasmanian grown barley, around half of which is gently smoked with peat cut from their peat bog in the Tasmanian Highlands.
Tours of Lark distillery usually begin at the cellar door — a short stroll from Hobart’s iconic Salamanca place. Every malt-lover needs to see the birthplace of Australian whisky — so put it on your bucket list.