As Australia’s Most Awarded Gin Distillery, continuing to win International acclaim and awards is not something we take lightly at The West Winds Gin.
Founded in 2010, ours is a story of mateship, kinship and steering an uncharted course together - often over coming incredible adversity along the way. It's fair to say that we've always kept our eye on our vision to celebrate the unique botanicals of this ancient land, and to forge a new path for our distinct Australian gins on the World’s stage.
In fact, it took us 12 months and 45 distillations to develop our first two gins, the Sabre and the Cutlass, before we even officially launched in the market. Our dedication to ‘getting it right’ certainly paid dividends, with Cutlass winning a Double Gold – the First Australian spirit in any category to win a Double Gold - and Sabre a Gold, at The World’s Most Recognised Spirit Competition in San Francisco just three weeks later!
Staying the course hasn’t always been easy either. Our Ship’s Captain and Navigator, Paul, suffered a seriously life-threatening stroke at the end of 2019 and was in a coma for 5 weeks! After a long row back to shore, we're pleased to say that he's now made a full recovery! What makes this story even better, is that instead of manning the life boats, the team and many of Paul’s friends jumped in to help maintain The West Winds course until he could get back to the helm.
It’s this same pioneering spirit that was shared by the early sailors, who relied on the West Winds to reach the remote shores of Australia, where they found a naturally thriving land protecting pure, pristine waters along with incredibly unique flora that we use in our gins to day. We value this land and proudly source our local ingredients directly from growers, choosing to use environmentally sustainable produce where possible including Banksia Honey, Native Bush Tomatoes, Davidson Plums, Native Thyme, Lemon Myrtle, Cinnamon Myrtle, Strawberry Gum Leaves, Sloe Berries and Sea Parsley to name a few.
Our Spiritual Home - Margaret River in Western Australia
Our spiritual home in Margaret River is recognised world wide as a place of wild, rugged beauty. From our massive Karri forests to perfect surf breaks - there’s no place quite like it. It no surprise that Margaret River itself has built a solid reputation as an Australian food bowl of the highest quality; exporting award-winning produce and wines all over the world, also offering a home to a growing stable of breweries and distilleries.
We’re proud to say that this has been a base for our small - but mighty - distillery for many years, and with the help of so many incredible people we are building the new Cowaramup Distillery and Tavern. Not only will it be the realisation of many years of hard work, but it will also serve as a beacon for people to experience and taste the real spirit of The West Winds Gin.
This spirit is evident in everything we do. We lead, and others follow.
It’s why we’ve chosen the Bluebird, always associated with happiness, well-being and symbol of good luck to help guide us on this journey. Sailors often wear a bluebird tattoo on their arm or hand because legend has it that a bluebird will carry a sailor’s soul to heaven. Another more tangible tale, is that master mariners would receive a bluebird mark after completing 5000 nautical miles as a symbol of prowess and achievement.
So, we hope you’ll continue to join us on our journey of crafting Australia’s best flavoured Gins, and also help celebrate our achievements on the World’s stage.