Whisky, gin distiller to open new venue

The former Carilley Estate site in the Swan Valley is being transformed into a second home for local spirit brands Limeburners and Giniversity.

The venue, called Limeburners & Giniversity in the Valley, is currently being refurbished and is due to open in June. 

It will seat 200 people and include a restaurant, bar, cellar door and function area.

Customers will be able to taste Limeburners and Giniversity products in the Swan Valley, but the spirits will continue to be distilled in Albany and Margaret River respectively.

Master distiller Cameron Syme said after looking for the right place to share his products in the city for a while, he purchased the Swan Valley site in late December. 

“Carilley Estate had the perfect location and structure to work with,” Mr Syme said.

“We now have the most beautiful garden setting and an ideal location within the valley, allowing us to build a quality destination for people to visit and enjoy our internationally recognised spirits and experiences.”

He said he was interested in collaborating with local producers and was already working with local wineries Kosovich Wines, Talijancich Wines and Olive Farm Wines. 

“We are looking for barrels which have produced quality wine and what better place to get that than our new neighbours in the valley,” he said. 

“We will use the flavours infused in the barrel, such as a delicious Verdelho, and draw them into the whisky or gin, imparting that unique flavour.

“Long term, we would like to do seasonal releases in line with winery releases.”

Mr Syme’s other brands include Tiger Snake Whiskey and Dugite Whiskey.

The group has three other distilleries: one in Margaret River, one in Porongurup and another in Albany.

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