Sitting 2850ft above sea level...
On the banks of the Wild River our craft distillery is one of Australia's highest elevated distilleries. Driven by a passion to create world class Australian whisky, gin and rum on a small batch scale, Wild River Mountain Distillery was established in 2017 by experienced brewer and distiller Wes Marks and his wife Amy. 
Our focus is producing quality Australian whisky, gin and rum that combine old & new world techniques drawing on a lifetime of experience, combining quality ingredients with ingenuity and passion to create a unique range of spirits that stand out in the Australian market.

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Nestled away in the mountains of ...

The Atherton Tablelands Far North Queensland, in a valley cradling the western edge of the Great Dividing Range our Wondecla distillery experience's unique weather patterns for the region that provide the perfect environment for ageing Australian whisky.

Winter frosts frequent the area with temperatures recorded as low as -12 degrees. We also experience cool nights all year round with high temperature variations on a daily basis. This combination of climate, elevation and pure mountain water is ideal for producing world class spirits and is reflected in the way our Australian whisky ages in the barrel.

Meet the distiller crafting Australian whisky

Wild River Mountain Distillery is a true to heart craft Australian distillery. When we decided to follow a dream and open our distillery, our goal was to create small batch Australian whisky, rum, gin and also corn whiskey that showcased the true art of a craft distiller and brewer.

Head Distiller Wes Marks, born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, is no newbie to brewing and distilling. Experimentation with brewing, fermenting, yeast selection and home made stills has been an obsession for many years whilst perfecting the recipe for his Australian whisky and rum... Not to mention Wes' passion - creating an Australian whiskey in the true Tennessee style made from locally grown maize.

Australian craft distiller producing Australian Gin, Australia Whisky and premium Australian Rum
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Stay tuned, watch our journey and experience true, hand crafted Australian spirits....Cheers

Perfecting the recipe
Wild yeast, among different yeast strains were experimented with and recipes we perfected. After A LOT of long days sitting in front of a still and a family tree change to the banks of the Wild River, our distillery was born - Wild River Mountain Distillery.

A lifetime of brewing and distilling combined with his career in the agricultural industry both on a commercial and technical level has helped Wes develop Wild River Mountain Distillery with his wife Amy. Our inspiration  and drive is gained from true distillation artists that have gone before us that are true to their independence and craft spirit... our aim is to slowly grow our family distillery into a world class business.

Wes is a true believer in start small think big, seek inspiration and remember your roots.