Four Pillars has outlined a $6m, 12-month redevelopment of its Healsville distillery, which will commence next week.

The new home for Four Pillars will be directly adjacent to its current home in the Yarra Valley and will incorporate new hospitality, production, bottling and a spectacular events space. The new development will blend with Four Pillars’ current distillery and hospitality venue, and will increase visitor capacity to more than 200,000 visitors a year.

Four Pillars Co-founder Cameron Mackenzie, a Healesville local who lives 200m from the site, said the development is a huge vote of confidence in the local community.

“When we began making Four Pillars, the Yarra Valley was always intended to be our home and when we found our original site, we couldn’t believe our luck. When the opportunity came to buy the land next door, we simply had no choice but to roll the dice and back our Yarra Valley dream to the hilt,” Mackenzie said.

“Since we have re-opened over summer the distillery has been busier than ever and too often, we have queues out the front and far too many people are turned away from sharing a drink with us. With this new home that shouldn’t, hopefully, be a problem any longer.”

The development, which was deferred from 2020 due to COVID-19, will incorporate hospitality for up to 250 guests, a new yet-to-be-named sixth German-designed Carl still, increased off-street parking, as well as retail and a special sensory experience.

Four Pillars’ commitment to sustainability, alongside Breathe Architecture who are overseeing the project, will extend further maximising the use of solar energy and minimising waste.

Mackenzie will officially turn the first sod on the site today with the development earmarked for completion in December 2021.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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