Every cloud has a silver lining.
Canberra District winery, Four Winds Vineyard, lost their crop to smoke from the summer's bushfires this year but took the opportunity to use the grapes to make a Riesling gin.
The business teamed up with local distiller, The Canberra Distillery, to produce the gin.
Four Winds Vineyard CEO, Sarah Collingwood, said that it was heartbreaking to make it through the drought with a great looking crop and then abort the harvest due to the high levels of smoke taint from the bushfires.
"After 12 months tending to the vines, pruning, shoot-thinning and fruit-dropping, we couldn't bear letting all the grapes go to waste," she said.
"We ran through the options of things we could make grape jelly, verjuice, brandy or gin. For us, gin made the most sense."
Four Winds Vineyard has been run by Sarah's family for the last 22 years and 2020 was the first vintage that the whole crop had been lost.
"It has been a strange year knowing that we have a large vineyard and the only thing that it produced this year was a gin," Sarah said.
The smoke caused due to bushfires had a devastating effect on their grapes and wines which ended up destroying their Vintage 2020.
In February, several wineries announced their decision to not harvest in 2020 due to the smoke taint.
The Riesling gin is available from the Four Winds Vineyard cellar door and online at fourwindsvineyard.com.au.
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