In the heart of Mornington Peninsula, where rolling vineyards meet the sea, lies Bass & Flinders Distillery, home to one of Australia's most innovative and dedicated distillers, Holly Klintworth. As the chief distiller and Managing Director at Bass & Flinders, Holly has been at the forefront of the brandy-making game, constantly pushing the boundaries of tradition while staying true to this age-old spirit's essence.
Matthew Flinders and George Bass, two young men from Lincolnshire who had arrived in Sydney in 1795, were determined to achieve greatness. Flinders wanted to be an explorer ‘like Cook’, Bass a naturalist, like Sir Joseph Banks, and a wealthy Sydney trader. For eight years, these two pursued their destiny. Their voyages changed the map of our country. Particularly pertinent is that Flinders placed on his map of this continent the name Australia - the first time the term of our nation appeared.
The Bass and Flinders Distillery is the Mornington Peninsula's first distillery - Est., 2009 - and one of only half-a-handful. That is the first of any kind in our beautiful region and predominantly known for cold climate wines like Pinot Noir and Shiraz.