Australian distillery Four Pillars Gin has bagged the 2019 International Gin Producer of the Year at the 50th Annual International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.
Four Pillars is the first Australian distillery to win the award. Co-founder and distiller Cameron Mackenzie accepted the award during the black-tie gala at The Guildhall, with around 600 industry leaders in attendance.
“To win this award, on the eve of our sixth birthday is really, truly, bloody incredible. When we started making test batches of gin back in 2012 we never in our maddest, wildest dreams thought this could happen so quickly. To say that I am in a state of disbelief would be vastly understating the true state of my disbelief,” Mackenzie said.
He paid tribute to everyone who helped the company make, sell, create, drink or buy their gins.
“The previous two winners of this award are Hernö from Sweden in 2017 and Kyoto Distillery in Japan last year so we couldn’t be in better company. They are two of the greatest distilleries and two of our best mates in the world of gin,” he added.
The awards received more than 3000 entries from around the world.
Four Pillars produces gins such as the Rare Dry Gin, the Spiced Negroni Gin, the Bloody Shiraz Gin, and the Navy Strength Gin. The distillery also makes the Australian Christmas Gin, and limited release collaborative gins.