Wildbrumby is the only dedicated schnapps distillery in Australia. It was established in 2004 right in the heart of the Australian high country between Thredbo and Jindabyne, and is just a few hours drive from Canberra.
Founders, Brad and Monika Spalding, met on the ski fields of Austria, where Monika’s family had a history of distilling schnapps. Brad grew up in the NSW & Victorian fruit belt, as the son of a fruit and vegetable merchant and publican.
While living in Austria, he immersed himself in the schnapps business, spending much of his time studying the art of fruit fermentation and distillation. When the husband and wife team returned to Australia, their vision was to recreate some of the magical ambience of the Austrian alpine culture, while serving customers with a world-class schnapps product. Exclusive access to home-grown organic fruit and botanicals became the inspiration behind a brand new line of liqueur schnapps, creating an almost instant hit among skiers and other visitors to the region.
Fruit used in the schnapps and gin are sourced from our own raspberry patch, as well as from local producers in the Tumut, Batlow and Snowy Mountains region. This investment in high quality, local produce saw Wildbrumby’s new line of gin scoop a gold medal at the 2016 Melbourne International Spirits Competition. The schnapps products and distillery have also featured on a number of notable television food and cooking shows, including Lyndey Milan’s ‘Taste of Australia’, and Miguel Maestre’s food segment on the ‘The Living Room.’
With a mission to offer a continually evolving experience, the Wildbrumby team makes frequent updates to the range of schnapps and gin, hosts regular weekend live music events, and has also introduced a monthly local producers market. Our close proximity to Canberra has helped to build up a large and loyal following of year-round customers, who have appreciated and supported our activities over the years.The landscape and lifestyle enjoyed in our capital city, Canberra and its surrounds, is a fascinating blend of modern enterprise and natural wonder.
Its residents enjoy all the amenities of a big city, with all the additional benefits of regional living. With the Snowy Mountains right on the doorstep, it has become a summer and winter playground for many of them.So whether they are schussing down a ski slope, or hiking through the high country, we always enjoy catching up with our Canberra visitors when they stop by for lunch, or a quick taste of a sumptuous new variety of schnapps or gin, on a trip through the Snowies.
Wildbrumby Distillery is located on the corner of Wollondibby Rd and Alpine Way, Jindabyne NSW 2627. For more information call 02 6457 1447 or contact [email protected].