Adelaide Hills Distillery’s (AHD) distiller Sacha La Forgia was named Distiller of the Year at the Icons of Gin Awards in London. La Forgia started out in 2015 from his laundry and now heads up a sustainable distillery in South Australia’s Hay Valley.
“I am truly humbled to receive this award, there is nothing I love more than making great tasting gins and knowing that we do it in a way which is sustainable for our precious environment. Cheers to that!” La Forgia said:
The Distiller of the Year award is given to a distiller’s based on its full range of spirits and is judged by the world’s most knowledgeable gin experts.
“I’m proud to say I’m committed to crafting spirits that are uniquely Australian, while paying respect to gin styles that have come, so I can offer gin lovers a uniquely Australian gin selection,” La Forgia added.
AHD produces 78 Degrees gins, Bitter Orange and Native Grain Whiskey. The distillery’s mission is embedded on “Crafted for Better”.
The company uses zero waste water and uses 300kw power from solar panels. It also uses spent grain to feed cattle and fruits from the orchards that aren’t sent to supermarkets.
The spirit AHD uses is made from a waste material from wine which was initiated by La Forgia when he was first making spirits with his family using leftovers from their annual batch of wine.