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Belgrove distilleryBelgrove distillery is a rye focused farm based artisan distillery in Australia. Founded in 2015 on the island state of Tasmania by Peter Bignell. Belgrove is the only distillery in Australia selling paddock to bottle rye whisky. As a small farm distillery Belgrove is growing rye on site.


Peter Bignell came to whisky-making by agricultural accident in 2008. Following a bumper crop of rye at his farm in Kempton Peter bought a welder, got some lessons off a friend, built his own still and started making whisky.

A reclaimed laundromat tumble dryer is used for malting, cooking oil from the roadhouse next to his farm provides the fuel for distillation. In time the agricultural scientist hopes to follow the Floki example and use sheep manure from under his shearing shed as an alternative to peat.

Distillery Factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Belgrove Tasmania Australia
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 2010 - Present Rye Belgrove Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Peter Bignell Peter Bignell