May 13, 2022 | By Graeme Kemlo | Image: The Four Pillars founders

Melbourne’s Yarra Valley has received a boost with the opening of Four Pillars’ $7 million distillery and global HQ at Healesville, now the largest in Australia.

The international award-winning gin maker was founded in 2015 by three mates, Cameron MacKenzie, Matt Jones and Stuart Gregor, with one copper still. It now boasts five stills and another on the way. A two-year project, the expanded Healesville facility is built for sustainability with everything now under one roof.

“We make and experiment with gin on one side, while we serve up drinks and tastings on the other.”

The distillery can now bottle and blend onsite, produce more than one million bottles of gin a year and host up to 200,000 guests a year.

As an event venue it offers a range of function and event areas with new tasting rooms and an indoor and outdoor gin garden, with seating capacity for a total of 300 guests.

Four Pillars offers a range of educational (and no doubt entertaining) activities suitable for team building or bonding. These include participation in a distillation led by one of Four Pillars’ distillers, during which you get to taste their five signature gins and they’ll post you a bottle of the gin you distilled.

The word is definitely out on this gin joint, so you’ll need to book in advance.