Tintenbar-based Winding Road Distilling Co. was born back in 2016 of a love for unique spirits, an inveterate curiosity, and a strong sense of adventure.
Camille and Mark Awad were two people from different countries who met by chance more than twenty years ago, and since then they say, ‘our journey has very much been along a winding road! While serendipity brought us together, a shared sense of curiosity and adventure, along with a willingness to take chances, has resulted in a beautiful family life filled with love and happiness on the New South Wales Far North Coast. Along the way there have, of course, been challenges, but also opportunity. It is this intrepid, creative, and curious approach to life that we bring to craft distilling.’
‘The path we now travel together through Winding Road Distilling Co. will at every turn reflect our adventurous souls, with a commitment to quality and originality that underpins our desire to share this journey with others through our hand-crafted spirits.
‘After a period of research and development, we began production in 2018 with our first batches of single malt whisky and Agricole-style rum. In the spring of 2019, the distillery launched its first products: our beautiful award-winning Citrus and Sea Gin and Agricole Blanc Virgin Cane Spirit. These were followed a few months later by our 50 Mile Coffee Liqueur.
‘We have just released the first batch of our Coastal Cane Pure Single Rum, a gorgeous Agricole-style expression made from fresh-pressed Northern Rivers cane juice that lends itself perfectly to being enjoyed neat or in a cocktail such as a Dark n’ Stormy. Following this, in early 2022, will be the first release of our Single Malt Whisky!
‘It’s an exciting time at Winding Road Distilling Co., because we are also currently planning and building Ballina Shire’s first distillery and tasting room. While we are hoping for a public opening around Easter 2022, timelines are very fluid these days with Covid-related lockdowns and delays.
‘For now, you can find us at most of the region’s finer restaurants and bottle shops, as well as through our online shop.’
If you like to support unique local businesses, you can join the Winding Road Distillers Circle. I did, and not only got a cool cap, plus a few bottles from the distillery, but there’s more! So far I’ve only cracked open the Citrus and Sea Gin, a beautiful gin which you could sip by itself although I personally thought it went well with Mediterranean Fever Tree tonic, and you could garnish it with lemon or pepper berries to highlight those flavours in the gin.