ECHUCA-MOAMA’S tourist offering is set to be bolstered with the establishment of a boutique craft distillery in the heart of the port precinct.
The two-storey distillery will showcase and demonstrate the distillation of craft spirits, including gin, flavoured vodka and liqueurs.
It will also feature a bar, café, product tastings, sales and a top floor balcony with seating overlooking Echuca’s historical old town quarter along High St.
Work on the distillery is expected to be completed by the end of March and the official opening has been planned for mid April.
“We are thrilled to be bringing this innovative enterprise to Echuca-Moama and are particularly excited for the tourism potential it offers our region,” Echuca Distillery David De Vries said.
“It will inject life, colour and vibrancy to the port precinct in Echuca, and strengthen the suite of attractions that already exist in the heart of town.
“We have no doubt it will bring new visitors to the region, as well as exciting employment opportunities for locals – especially the younger demographic.
“As we’ve seen when we’ve travelled to other distilleries, the staff make the magic happen – and that’s exactly what we’ll be looking to create at Echuca Distillery and Café.”
Mr De Vries said the distillery would be sympathetic to the historic architecture of the existing buildings in the precinct, and would mark an exciting new era for tourism in the twin towns.
“We have visited distilleries all around Australia and throughout Europe and have added our own twist to better serve the many visitors travelling through Echuca-Moama each year,” he added.
“We very much look forward to partnering with other venue operators within our town and particularly joining Murray River Paddlesteamers in offering our range of products on their beautiful boats.
“The river of course is a huge part of life in Echuca-Moama and we are very much looking forward to being a part of this.”
The Distillery has also opened a pop up store in Customs House at 2 Leslie St and it is open Thursdays to Monday until the first week in March.
■The Echuca Distillery & Cafe can be found at 555 High St (on the old Morley Ford site).