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Black Gate Distillery, Mendooran


Visit the NSW distillery making waves on an international level.

Since 2009, Mendooran locals Brian and Genise Hollingworth have thrown their heart and soul into establishing the first distillery in the Central West of NSW. Their research took them throughout NSW, Tasmania, Scotland and Ireland, as they sought to gain knowledge in the art of distilling high quality liquors and liqueurs. 

Fast forward to 2012, and Black Gate Distillery was finally opened to the public. Given that rum and whisky must be aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two years, their current release includes just five single malts. Despite this, the distillery is already gathering an avid following, with world famous NOMA restaurant even adding the Black Gate whisky and rum to their very exclusive spirits menu at their recent Sydney pop up restaurant.

In the meantime, they are also producing a range of flavoured vodkas and a unique quandong liqueur, sourced from locally grown fruit. They are also fermenting local honey and corn to make a bourbon style honey whisky, along with a straight honey whisky. Needless to say, there’s a lot going on at Mendooran’s Black Gate Distillery at the moment!

Open most weekdays to the public – it’s best to call ahead to confirm – the distillery offers the chance to taste the range of flavoured vodkas, liqueurs, dark rum and single malt whisky. They also offer tea and espresso coffee, with light lunches available when booked. Located just 71km from Dubbo and 73km from Coonabarabran, a trip to the Black Gate Distillery is a must when visiting the Great Western Plains.

Black Gate Distillery is located at 72 Forest Rd, Mendooran, NSW.


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