Our distillery

a family owned and operated business

Backwoods Distilling Co. was founded by Leigh and Bree Attwood in 2017. Both raised in North East Victoria, we returned to the region with our young family after years of city-living, working and travelling. A love of whisky, science and craftiness soon evolved into a dream to open a distillery. Backwoods Distilling Co. is the culmination of this dream. We are passionate about creating high quality spirits that vividly capture the flavours of Victoria’s High Country, and we aim to put Victoria on the map as a premier craft spirits destination.

supporting australian industries

The true star of our distillery is our copper-pot still. ‘Stillvester’ is a one of a kind creation, built by Mark Burns of Burns Welding and Fabrication in Griffith, NSW. Together, we purposefully designed the 1250L Stillvester to create a spirit that is both complex and refined.

supporting australian farmers

We source our malted grains from Voyager Craft Malt in the nearby Riverina region. Voyager Craft Malt produce small batch, single origin artisan malts for craft brewers and distillers. Voyager source their grain from local, independent growers and use sustainable agricultural practices. We are proud to be using 100% Australian farmed and malted grains.

Our spent grain is delivered to a local farm for animal feed, completing the circle and making our distillery virtually waste-free.

honouring australian producers

Our barrels are hand selected from the Australian whisky and wine industries. Our fleet include 100 and 200 litre casks that have previously held whisky, red or fortified wines.

While honouring the traditional processes of whisky making, being a craft distillery, we aim to push the boundaries to create innovative whisky experiences. We have a number of special projects in progress - including a fleet of red gum casks and a collaboration batch with a local craft brewery.