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Our Beginnings

The beginnings of the STARWARD are like any good traveller’s tale. David Vitale needed a new frontier. After 8 years developing his e-learning business in Melbourne he wanted a change. Looking for a quieter life, David moved to Tasmania with his fiancé.

David initially wanted to create an organic brewery. But a chance meeting at a micro-distillery captured David’s imagination for whisky and led to a handshake agreement to return to Melbourne and start a new distillery with some local investors. That was 2004.  As with most early stage start-ups, it has been a white-knuckled experience, but through determination and a certain amount of luck, STARWARD has arrived.

Now in it’s fourth year of production, our distillery has evolved into one of Australia’s leading producers of premium whisky. Just like the country in which its made, Starward is youthful, rich and bright. It’s a testament to our team, built around a simple vision of offering the world an exceptional modern whisky.