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6+ Gin Distilleries in Margaret River (Locals Guide 2024)

Looking for a fun activity on your next trip down south? Why not visit a gin distillery in Margaret River? There are several great distilleries in the area, each with their own unique take on this popular spirit.

As a local since 2016 and a former motel owner, I’ve had the joy of guiding countless visitors to the region’s best-kept secrets. Although I’m not much of a drinker these days, my penchant for a crisp gin and tonic has led me to explore and savor the local distilleries’ offerings.

In this post, I’ll share the gems I’ve discovered, from the botanical-rich blends to the most scenic spots to enjoy a handcrafted sip, all through the eyes of someone who’s made Margaret River their home.

6+ Best Gin Distilleries in Margaret River

1. Margaret River Distilling Company/Giniversity

RATING: 4.6/5 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 1.1km |📍LOCATION: Maxwell Street, Carters Road, Margaret River WA | Google Maps

A personal favourite of mine, Giniversity at Margaret River Distilling Co is located within walking distance of Margaret River main street.

Here, you’ll find a tasty range of gins made with local botanicals, and you can even learn all about making gin at Giniversity Gin Blending Class, where you can delve deep into the wonderful world of gin and make your very own 500ml bespoke blend that you can take home with you!

You can also try their whiskies and vodkas, and there is a small menu of snack-type food available, including pizzas and chips. A perfect place to spend an afternoon under the peppermint trees!

2. The Grove Distillery & Brewery

RATING: 4.1/5 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 23km |📍LOCATION: 491 Metricup Road, Wilyabrup WA | Google Maps

The Grove Distillery was the very first Margaret River distillery, built back in 1995, and after over more than 20 years of hard work, they’ve sourced the best botanicals, distilled and matured in barrels all right here in Margaret River.

 They have a unique range of spirits, including malt whisky, gin, dark rum, spiced rum, vodka, liqueurs and heaps more.

Cool Tour Alert! Would you like to do a gin tour in Margaret River? Hands down the coolest thing about The Grove Distillery is that they offer a Distillery Tour With Tastings with head distiller, James Reed. Not only do you get to meet James and ask him any burning questions you might have, you get an exclusive sneak peaks and tasting. What an awesome experience not available anywhere else in Margaret River. Tickets are available here.

3. Dune Distilling Co

RATING: 4.1/5 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 26km |📍LOCATION: 3517 Caves Road, Wilyabrup WA | Google Maps

Part of the Black Brewing Co Brewery, Dune Distilling Co uses the southwest coastline for inspiration and has been producing high-quality gin for several years now, including their Signature Gin, Pink Grapefruit Gin and Green Tea and Lime Gin.

While there, you can sample Black Brewing Co’s range of beers, and sample some wines. They also have a great food menu, which focuses on quality local ingredients while offering a delicious and uncomplicated range of dishes.

Dune Distilling Co also has a Gin Tasting Experience, where you can try a paddle of four gins, then enjoy each gin with a specifically paired tonic or soda and garnish. Bookings are essential for this experience. A fine gin factory in Margaret River to visit!

4. Three Lily’s Gin

RATING: 4.4/5 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 17km |📍LOCATION: 5 Harmans Mill Road, Metricup WA | Google Maps

Three Lily’s Gin have a massive range of over 15 different varieties of gin, made by triple distilling Margaret River wines produced in their organically certified winery. 

They only use premium botanicals and fruits in their gins, and at their unassuming cellar door in Metricup, the whole family can relax with a picnic under the trees. They also have ‘Sweet Things’ lolly shop full of all your old childhood favorites, and a range of gourmet food sourced locally. 

Would you like to try Gin Tasting in Margaret River? Here at Three Lily’s Gin, you can get tasting platters with up to 7 different varieties of gin, tonic, and garnish, and their varieties range from the classic to the infused which include flavors such as ginger, lemon, mango and espresso.

5. West Winds Distillery & Tavern

RATING: 4.4/5 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 11km |📍LOCATION: 29 Hasluck Street, Cowaramup WA | Google Maps

Since its inception in 2010, West Winds Distillers has carved out a prestigious spot in Australia’s spirits scene, celebrated for harnessing local botanicals to craft premium Australian spirits.

As one of the nation’s most lauded distilleries, they offer a tantalizing range of gins, from the classic London Dry to the distinctive Wild Plum Gin, the floral Pinque Rose Gin, and the robust Navy Strength Gin, which stands out as a personal favorite.

The excitement around their offerings culminated in the launch of the West Winds Tavern, a joint-venture distillery nestled in Cowaramup’s bustling heart. This new hub has quickly become a local staple, opening just in time to serve up refreshing cocktails that perfectly complement a warm day by the sea.

6. Wise Wine

RATING: 4.5/5 | 🌏DISTANCE FROM MARGARET RIVER: 54km |📍LOCATION: 237 Eagle Bay Road, Eagle Bay WA | Google Maps

Nestled within the Wise Family’s expansive 60-hectare property, graced with sweeping ocean views, Wise Wine Eagle Bay stands as a beacon of artisanal craftsmanship, creating premium Gin and Spirits right where they’re served.

Sip on an exquisite drink crafted on the premises, with the stunning backdrop of vineyards rolling into the sea.

Wise Eagle Bay’s unique approach includes utilizing their own estate-grown chardonnay and other grape varieties, while the distillation process is aided by the trio of custom-built 380-litre column stills affectionately named Captain Barnacles, Tom, and Jetty.

This, combined with the use of pure rainwater and time-honored distilling techniques, ensures a product that’s as authentic as its setting.

Wrapping Up: Margaret River Gin Distillery

Margaret River, a region renowned for its wineries, has also distilled its essence into the world of gin, offering a journey of flavors that are as complex and captivating as its landscapes.

From the innovative botanical blends of West Winds Gin Distillery to the scenic sips at Wise Eagle Bay, each distillery tells its own story through meticulously crafted spirits. These distilleries not only celebrate the local terroir but also embody the spirit of Margaret River, inviting connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts alike to explore the artistry of gin-making.

Whether you’re drawn by the allure of hand-bottled spirits or the charm of ocean-view tastings, Margaret River’s gin scene promises a memorable fun time!

Australia Travel Planning Guide

🚑Should I buy Australian travel insurance?

100% YES! — Australia has “free” healthcare but it’s only for citizens and permanent residents. Foreigners visiting need travel insurance in case anything happens on their visit. I like SafetyWing – their Nomad Insurance starts at just $1.50 USD a day!

🚗Should I rent a car in Australia?

Yes — Renting a car is a necessity in most of Australia! If you want to go on road trips or adventures outside of the major cities, and even if you’re staying in a major city, you’ll want to rent a car. If you are visiting Margaret River, it will be even more important that you hire a car, you’ll need it to be able to get around and see all the great attractions and wineries!

🏨What’s the best way to book my Australian accommodation?

My go-to for Australian hotels is Booking.com. Pretty much all registered accommodation use Booking.com (but not necessarily any of the other major booking platforms), and even most of the holiday homes and caravan parks use Booking.com too!

If you’re planning a trip to Australia where you will stay at multiple locations, it’s super handy to have all your accommodation listed in one place, and accommodation owners like Booking.com because it’s easy to contact the guests using the messaging platform if the guest has an international phone number.

I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit to Margaret River!