Australia Founded in 2007

Melbourne born and bred, Starward founder David Vitale began with a simple vision; to create a distinctly Australian Whisky to offer the world with pride. In 2007 it all started with curiosity and the impetus to try, trial and taste.

Australia has arguably some of the best red Wine barrels in the world in their ‘backyard’ and with the quality of ingredients and materials available within a day’s drive from Melbourne, Starward tried something new and never looked back.

They currently have a Wine Cask (crowned Best Craft Distilled Whisky in the world in 2016) and a Solera single malt Whisky (solely matured in Australian fortified Wine barrels), barrel-aged (New) Old Fashioned and Red Manhattan cocktails, and a Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky.

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  • fruit
  • red berries
  • oak
  • spicy
  • sweet
  • dry
  • tropical fruits
  • chocolate
  • hazelnuts
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Melbourne’s crazy “four seasons in a day” climate means it takes a fraction of the time it takes to make Whisky in Scottish Isles or Ireland.
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The original Starward facility was actually an old flight hangar in Essendon Fields.


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In 2007, Starward Whisky was founded by David Vitale, who branched off to start his own label after kickstarting the Australian single malt movement under the tutelage of Whisky godfather Bill Lark. Vitale, a Melbourne native.

Starward Spirits are distilled in the bedrock of southeastern Australia's wine scene. The unique climate and world-renowned wines of Australia are carved in the DNA of each expression. The dynamic climate accelerates the maturation process in  “Melbourne years.” Their Spirits are uniquely Aussie.

The premium Australian Whisky maker was crowned Best Australian Whisky Innovator, their Starward Nova Whisky earning Best Craft Distilled Whisky in the world in 2016.

Their star-studded line-up includes their award-winning Starward Nova Malt Whisky matured in carefully selected ex-shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and pinot barrels, their Solera-aged Whisky matured in 40 to 50 year-old fortified Australian Wine barrels, their barrel-aged (New) Old Fashioned and Red Manhattan cocktails, and a Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky.

Distillery info:
  • Country Australia
  • Established 2007
  • Status Active
  • Address 50 Bertie St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia
  • Phone (03) 9005 4420
  • Website
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