A new distillery door, tasting room, cafe and bar has opened in Allworth.
We first met Kylie Sepos at her Allworth property in 2017 following the launch of her Farmer’s Wife Distillery - Autumn Dry Gin. It was here Kylie shared her vision for the business, that being to one day open a distillery door, where guests could not only experience her gin, but the beautiful region she and her family live in.
Fast forward 4 ½ years, and here we are, standing in the very spectacular Farmer’s Wife Distillery Door!
With Kylie’s gin distilling dream ignited whilst visiting Tasmania in 2015, Kylie’s dream was clear from the outset,
“This is what I originally envisioned, it hasn’t always been easy to communicate or get other people to see that vision, but now it’s all come together and it’s exactly what I imagined.”
Driving along the Bucketts Way, you could be forgiven for overlooking the entrance with the natural bush setting obscuring the building’s facade, however as you enter there’s no mistaking its presence.
The 700 square metre distillery, cafe, restaurant, and bar space is a reflection of Kylie’s self-confessed perfectionism, and as you enter via the oversized doorway and the interiors are revealed, it’s difficult to know what aspect of the space to focus on first.
From the glass-like polished concrete floors, to the beautiful Blackbutt timber ceiling and beams, vintage furniture, sandstone fireplace, and intricate artwork, which was created by Kylie’s good friend and artist Belle O’Bryan, the stunning interiors momentarily distract you from your purpose for visiting.
Whilst The Farmer’s Wife Distillery has always been about the gin, the distillery door offers guests a whole lot more. From gourmet toasties and coffees in the morning to Cheese Boards, Wood Fired Pork Belly and Farmhouse Pizza at lunch, all tastes are catered for.
Inside, the expansive space offers a variety of seating preferences or take it outside and soak up the serenity of the distillery’s bush setting.
The smell of botanicals is always present, as too the beautiful copper still behind the bar reminding us why we are here - that is, to drink gin - and as expected, Kylie has stepped it up a notch.
To experience the full range of The Farmers Wife Distillery gins, the tasting plate option beautifully highlights the variety of botanicals used to craft each of the seasonal gins.
If cocktails are more your style, take your pick from the ‘Something Simple’ or the ‘Something Fancy’ cocktail menu, served in a spectacular goblet, it will keep you busy for a while and hit your senses with every sip.
The non-gin drinkers haven’t been overlooked with three beer taps and a range of bottles on hand together with a premium list of Hunter Valley wines to choose between.
Between sips, browse the display of gin-inspired products and Farmer’s Wife Distillery merch, or simply take the opportunity to unwind and enjoy this incredible space which Kylie and her husband Gavin have poured their hearts into.
Whilst most of us would be content with crafting an award-winning product and launching a spectacular new venue, Kylie’s and Gavin's gin distillery dreams are far from finished. Plans are already underway for a permaculture garden, orchard, kitchen and botanical garden to be established early in 2023. To follow will be an entertainment area for live music, then accommodation, there’s even a whisper that whiskey is not too far away.
Only an hour’s drive north of Newcastle, The Farmer’s Wife Distillery makes for a fantastic gin tasting day trip, however best be arranging a driver so as to help peel you away from this extraordinary space.