Starward has been named the Most Awarded Distillery of the Year at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), one of the biggest international spirit competitions of the year.

Starward is the first Australian distillery to take the top honour in the competition’s 22-year history and comes after the distillery was awarded 12 Double Gold and three Gold medals at the SFWSC in April.

Starward Founder, David Vitale said: “To become the first Australian whisky to be named the Most Awarded Distillery of the Year at the world’s most competitive spirits competition is a dream come true.

“Fifteen years ago we had an idea to bring an approachable and delicious Melbourne whisky to life and to receive this recognition confirms what we’ve always known, that Australia is home to some of the finest whisky and spirits in the world.

“This achievement would not be possible without the passion, commitment and shared dream of our team. With this win, we are excited to take Starward to new horizons both here and abroad.”

Paul McLeay, CEO Australian Distillers Association added: “The Australian Distillers Association are very excited to celebrate with Starward on this momentous and historical win.

“This recognition will help further the industry’s emergence on the global stage and accelerate the growth of the Australian Spirits Industry. There’s exciting times ahead for both Starward and our Spirits Industry.”

Starward beat close to 5000 of the world’s most renowned spirits including whisky, gin, and tequila from countries such as Scotland, Japan, USA and UK to take out the honour.

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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