The Australian Gin Distillers Association has two main activities. Firstly to co-ordinate and manage the Australian Gin Awards coupled with the Australian Gin Marketing Competition and secondly to plan, coordinate and manage large-scale public events featuring members’ products.

Membership: There is no paid membership. Distillers automatically  become members when they take part in the Association’s activities.

The Awards: Our aim is to shine a light on the excellence of gin production and for the awards judges to concentrate on one spirit – GIN.
The 2021 gin awards will be judged during the first week of September.  Entries will open on this web site during May. Any Australian and New Zealand gin distillery is eligible to enter their gin. Bill Lark will again Chair the awards and there will be nine senior judges. Full details will be published in May.

The public events: 2019 We launched the Gin Palooza concept with two successful events in Sydney. 2020 despite being surrounded by Covid restrictions we managed to present the Sydney Christmas Gin Palooza to 41 distillers and 1800 gin lovers. In the same year we held the inaugural Canberra Gin Palooza at Pialligo Estate to a crowd of 1000.

These events have all been very successful with the distillers reporting significant sales figures.

2021 will see four major public events to be held in The Adelaide Hills, Perth, Sydney and Canberra.  Details and the booking form are on this web site see the drop down on the home page.

Ms Judith Kennedy AM

The awards CEO is Ms Judith Kennedy AM, founder of the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers in 1996. Kennedy’s wealth of experience includes having personally managed the Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards for 22 years and the Six Nations Wine Challenge for 14 years. Kennedy was awarded the Order of Australia General Merit Medal for 20 years’ service to the wine industry and to children’s health projects. In 2017 Judith founded  the Australian Gin Distillers Association Inc looking to give Australian gin distillers their own system of awards and in 2019 invited the craft gin distillers of New Zealand to join the awards and the Sydney Gin Palooza.

Bill Lark

Chairman of Judges Bill Lark is known internationally as a malt whisky king; Bill is a spirits distiller of great experience and success – considered by some to be “The Godfather of the Australian Spirits Industry.” Bill founded the Lark Distillery in 1992 with his wife Lyn and his mantra is “A marriage of science, art and passion.” Bill will bring a great deal of confidence to the awards by selecting a range of judges with an emphasis on technical expertise.

The Australian Gin Distillers Association believes that many of the Australian and New Zealand gin distillers will welcome the opportunity to have their product compared with their peers in an exclusive gin judging.

Judith Kennedy

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