Four Pillars aims for historic repeat of IWSC Gin Producer Trophy as final shortlist announced


Australian distillery Four Pillars Gin is thrilled to have been included in the shortlist of just four gin producers across the globe as finalists for the 2020 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) International Gin Producer of the Year trophy, which it won in 2019.

Four Pillars: on final shortlist

The opportunity to defend the world’s most prestigious gin trophy at the 51st Annual IWSC is truly a monumental achievement and the business is fully thrilled.

The Trophy winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony to be conducted from IWSC headquarters in London on November 18 (UK time).

“To win it this year would be pretty incredible, considering we made all these plans to take the 2019 trophy on a global tour and so far, it has made it no further than Sydney, we haven’t even got it to Queensland…” said Four Pillars Distiller and co-founder Cameron Mackenzie.

“To win this trophy once was obviously a life highlight, to win it a second time would frankly be beyond belief – I’m pretty sure I’d have to retire.”

Four Pillars received exceptional accolades from the 2020 IWSC with two Gold medals being won by their two most popular gins; the original Rare Dry Gin (which has now collected at least one Gold Medal at an international show every year since 2014) and Bloody Shiraz Gin, the unique purple elixir that is taking the world by storm. 

The distillery also won five top Silver medals for its Olive Branch Gin, Spiced Negroni Gin, Navy Strength Gin, Single Cask S31 and Sherry Cask Gin.

Four Pillars Gin was the first Australian distillery to win the award for International Gin Producer of the Year, in recognition of its leading role in the world of gin, creating some of the most awarded gins on the planet, and leading the way for craft spirits producers around the world through its commitment to collaboration, creativity, design and world-class experiences, all anchored by its home in Healesville, Yarra Valley.

Since then, through the twists and turns of 2020, the distilling and production teams, the engine room of Four Pillars, have continued hitting their marks and blowing the world away with incredible gins they know and love, with persistent experimentation and boundary-pushing when it comes to new gins time and time again.

“This nomination is a tribute to our entire team, however we cannot understate the immense contribution of the guys in the shed actually making the stuff worth drinking, and worth talking about,” said Mackenzie.

“2020 has been one for the books, a challenge we could never have anticipated. And through this unpredictable year, our distilling and production teams have continued to show up. They battle it out with our bottling machine through the coldest Yarra Valley winters wearing layer upon layer. They make sure the shelves stay stocked, and boxes get packed and the deliveries get to where they need to go.

“They truly are the engine room, and this nomination goes to them.”

The IWSC is the world’s largest and most prestigious international competition for spirits with more than 3000 entries from all corners of the globe.