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Gin Blending and Gastronomy Weekend

Escape to Kyneton for a monthly gin blending masterclass and weekend of gastronomy.

Gin Blending and Gastronomy Weekend

Escape to Kyneton for a monthly gin blending masterclass and weekend of gastronomy.

Gin Blending Masterclass | Kyneton

Blend your own bespoke gin

Begin your gin getaway with a two to three hour gin blending masterclass at Animus Distillery.

Animus has a stylish bar, cocktail lounge and a long list of local and international awards for their handcrafted, artisan gins.

Gin Chief Luke Jacques will run through the history and distillation methods of gin. He’ll talk about their unique approach to distillation. And how they create each of their unique recipes for their craft gins.

You’ll taste through a range of botanicals to learn about flavor and structure profiles.

Then experiment with raw ingredients to create your own bespoke gin to take home.

At the end of the workshop you’ll leave with your own bespoke 700ml bottle of gin – waxed, labelled and ready to meet the world!

PS. These small group gin blending class dates are currently scheduled for:

  • Saturday 22 February (sold out)
  • Saturday 21 March
  • Saturday 25 April
  • Saturday 30 May
  • Saturday 27 June
  • Saturday 25 July
  • Saturday 29 August
  • Saturday 26 September
  • Saturday 31 October
  • Saturday 28 November
  • Saturday 19 December

The workshop costs $185 per person. Book your place well in advance so you don’t miss out.

Workshop Here
Lazy Lunch | Kyneton

Explore historic Kyneton

Your gin blending class serves light refreshments but you will no doubt have worked up an appetite.

Most accommodation opens for check in at 2pm. So once you’ve dropped off your bags and explored your abode, take a wander down Kyneton’s historic Piper Street for a light bite.

The Parkland Kyneton is always a good choice for lunch and sharing plates. Their gin cocktails are fabulous too. If you need a break from gin, they also have an extensive menu of local wine and beer.

You can easily while away hours wining and dining, with pretty views onto St Pauls Park and the streetscape of Piper Street.

There’s plenty of fantastic shops to pop into if you feel like a retail fix too. Or simply take a peaceful walk around the picturesque streets of Kyneton or along the Campaspe River.

Alternatively, pick up some tasty fried chicken from Donkey on High Street and meander up to Musk Lane Wine, an urban cellar door loved by the locals.


Degustation dinner | Kyneton

Work your way through Kyneton's gastronomic delights

This one is a hard one. Because there are so many amazing restaurants and bars in Kyneton.

Midnight Starling and Source Dining were both awarded Chef Hats in 2019. Tansy’s is stellar. The Spaghetti Bar serves authentic Italian cuisine. Fook Shing is just the thing for an Asian fix.

Colenso is a little gem hidden on High Street, with a serious focus on locally sourced food and seasonal flavours. It will take you around 15 minutes to walk there from Piper Street, but its worth the wander.

Either way, everything is within walking distance so you can easily hop between restaurants and bars as you please (and get to know the town at the same time).

Pre-Dinner Drink Here
Entree Here
Main Here
The Morning After | Newham

Gin tasting in the countryside

After a lazy start to the morning, check out of your accommodation and enjoy a hearty brunch at one of the many fabulous cafes in Kyneton.

After a couple of good coffees and locally laid eggs, it’s time to hit the road for a scenic country drive to Big Tree Distillery.

Located near Hanging Rock, Big Tree’s distillery door is a rustic affair situated on Jack’s Springs Farm, which also produces rather tasty lamb.

Big Tree’s passionate, gin-loving husband and wife team will guide you around their distillery and provide a tasting of their award-winning gin. You can also get a cheese board if you’re still feeling peckish.

PS. Big Tree Distillery are open from 11-4pm on weekends, but always check their website first just in case they are closed for a private gin workshop.


Winery Lunch | Mount Macedon

Rustic Italian lunch at a mountain winery (and more gin)

It’s now time to head to the hills.

Award-winning artisan gin producer Mountain Distilling offers gin tastings from the Mount Towrong Vineyard on Mount Macedon.

Their gin incorporates aromatics such as native pepperberry and pine needles foraged from the nearby forest.

You can also enjoy a rustic Italian-style lunch at Mount Towrong’s cellar door accompanied by cool climate wine, with views to the vineyard and mountains beyond.

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