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Founders First plans new distillery on Kangaroo Island

Founders First plans to open distillery on Kangaroo Island next spring. 

Located in Cygnet River, the $3 million project is expected to be a “world-class” distillery and local tourism destination, attracting visitors from Australia and abroad.

The distillery, which will be home to Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS), will house a spirit-tasting room and an “educational space” designed for managing production and social events such as masterclasses or group tastings.

The distillery’s existing cellar will be refurbished to welcome visitors KIS spirits and cocktails in the native botanical garden. 

“It will add to the brand offering we have built over the past 15 years and will improve our ability to make our beautiful products,” said Jon Lark, chief distiller at Founders First. “It will also enable us to welcome more visitors to experience our island hospitality.”

According to the company, the Kangaroo Island distillery development will comprise two stages, which are the construction of the distillery and introducing a commercial kitchen and potential plan for accomodation for the overnight market.

“This will enable us to offer more educational and interactive experiences,” said Sarah Lark, brand ambassador of Founders First. 

“People will be able to have the opportunity to learn the art of gin making and creating cocktails from our KIS range in the new space,” she said. 

The company also plans to launch the island’s first whisky which will be released later this year.

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