It’s not just beer where women are leading the way in the Margaret River region, Rebecca de Burgh is also doing great things with gin. After a chance meeting with the founder of Great Southern Distilling and Giniversity Margaret River, she joined the business. “I’ve always been involved in the liquor industry in one way or another in hospitality, production and marketing,” she said. “I’ve had a variety of roles at Giniversity, including lab technician, cellar hand and sales.”
Almost two years ago, Rebecca started distilling and is now distiller and operations manager. “I instantly fell in love with the job of distilling – the craft, the diversity and the innovation,” Rebecca said. “I love the creative licence the role brings, the opportunity to experiment and trialling and developing new recipes.” And it seems she is also here to stay. “When I arrived here I quickly learnt Margaret River offers so much more than just wine – lifestyle, adventure, natural beauty, culture and gin! We really are so spoilt.”
“Margaret River is a perfect balance of the country lifestyle, adventure and entertainment.” She firmly believes living down here influences the styles of gin she creates. “The region is bursting with quality produce, talented artists, collaborative businesses, rich terroir and constant innovation.”
Rebecca’s favourite spirit is Giniversity’s Barrel Aged Gin. “It’s a warm sipping gin aged in ex-Margaret River red wine casks adding a sweet tannin to the gin,” she said.