We hopped over the hill for a bit of Schnapps tasting one afternoon, The Wildbrumby Distillery is a lovely combination of Open Door + Cafe with a lot of art thrown in. We loaded the Fiat up with a few bottles of the Devil’s tongue schnapps to try with oysters …
The Wildbrumby story begins with both skiing and schnapps – that quintessential tipple from the Alpine region of Europe.
Schnapps distilleries are native to the European Alps, where the winters proved too cold for traditional wine production.
Wildbrumby founder, Brad Spalding grew up in the NSW & Victorian fruit belt, as the son of a fruit and vegetable merchant and publican. He began working as a ski instructor at age 15 in the Victorian alps and went on to become director of the Thredbo Snow Sports School.
But it was several years earlier, while working as a ski instructor in the Austrian region of Kitzbühel, that Brad met his future wife, Monika.
Monika’s grandfather, Stephen Hagleitner, had been distilling schnapps long before the couple were born.
Enchanted by this rich distilling heritage, Brad studied the traditional methods with a dream to one day introduce authentic schnapps to Australia’s Snowy region.
With its pure mountain water and rolling green hills, they judged the breath-taking Thredbo Valley the most fitting location to deliver home-grown schnapps to Australian alpine enthusiasts pining for a taste of European culture.
With no local distilling equipment available, they imported an Ulrich Kothe still from Germany, and in 2005, opened the doors to the Wildbrumby Distillery.
Traditional methods developed over many centuries, combined with exclusive access to home-grown organic fruit and botanicals, became the inspiration behind a brand new line of liqueur schnapps that proved well suited to Australian palates.
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