Yorke Peninsula in South Australia is perhaps best known by holiday makers for its popular beaches and fishing villages, National Parks and beautiful coastline, but if you take a drive inland you can visit the peninsula’s first micro distillery.
Sunny Hill Distillery is just north of Arthurton on the Upper Yorke Road and is owned and run by Sam and Olivia Colliver on their working cereal cropping farm. Their slogan of ‘Crop to Drop’ accurately describes the process in which they handcraft vodka entirely from raw wheat. A portion of the vodka spirit is redistilled with gin botanicals to then produce a dry gin and a distinctive coloured and tasting pink gin which is infused with raspberries, heritage roses and native strawberry gum.
You can enjoy a visit to the family and dog friendly distillery and choose to do a tasting or go straight to the extensive drinks menu and try a gin or other spirit with a mixer. Not only do they sell their own vodkas, gins and rums but also support local beer and wine producers, stocking their products for sale by the glass too.
There is a very relaxing indoor tasting room with bar tables offering great views over the farmland, one of the highest points on the Yorke Peninsula, extending all the way to Spencer Gulf. Or you can sit outside on comfortable furniture on the deck or with your four legged friends on the grassed outdoor space.
You’re welcome to bring your own nibbles or picnic food or you can buy a regional platter or cold rolls at the distillery. If you’re lucky you might also be treated to some live music on a weekend. Sunny Hill Distillery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 6pm and on Fridays from 11am to 8pm, during the school holidays.
The hardest part is choosing what to try first, oh and who will be designated driver!