12 of the best – and most awarded – Australian gins and distilleries in 2022
Australia’s gin scene has taken flight. With more than 300 aussie distilleries, here’s our guide to the best, and most awarded, Australian gins for 2022.
When it comes to gin, Australia’s botanical scene has gone from strength to [navy] strength. Barely a decade ago, you could count on two hands how many locally-produced gins were on the market. Fast forward 10 years and the local gin-dustry has exploded, with some 300 distilleries – producing more than 800 craft gins – flooding the domestic market.
And the world is starting to take notice. Australian gins are earning double-gold medals and being crowned best in class at both local and international spirits competitions. Australian makers are being named master distillers and Australian brands are being recognised as global leaders of innovation, sustainability and even contemporary style.
The success of Australia’s gins, both domestically and abroad, has seen the industry undergo a 1,000 per cent growth spurt, according to the Australian Distillers Association (ADA).
“Ten years ago, there were 30 distilleries in Australia,” says ADA chief executive Paul McLeay. “There are now more than 300.”
Victoria is officially Australia’s craft gin capital, with more than 100 producers calling the state home, including the country’s largest exporter, Four Pillars.
Whether you're looking for the perfect gin to use in your Southside Fizz or Peachy Keen cocktails, or you want to stock your home bar with local flavours, with literally hundreds of highly accoladed local gins on the market, there is no shortage of options for the discerning juniper drinker.
Discover some of the country's top tipples with our guide to the highest-rated and most-awarded Aussie gins and gin distilleries of 2022. Or, if you prefer to learn by experience, you can sip your way through a selection of award-winning gins and other local spirits at Bourke St Green.