Thursday, July 14th, 2022 - Conrad Distillery

Conrad Distillery Vodka Wins Double Gold in their first International Spirit Competition.

Press Release 14 July 2022



The Summit, Queensland - Queensland Wine Region – July 2022 - Forget champagne… it’s Martini glasses that are clinking in celebration around Conrad Distillery. Conrad Distillery was awarded the prestigious Double Gold Medal for their first Vodka scoring an impressive 96 points and claiming runners-up for Best Vodka against world-class international rivals at the 2022 Inaugural International Women’s Spirits Competition.

The competition brings esteemed judging panels made up exclusively of professional women winemakers, distillers, sommeliers, retail buyers, beverage industry educators and journalists to recognize the best spirits submitted plus judge which spirit would appeal most to women buyers and consumers.

Conrad Distillery’s Mistress of The Still and founder Debra Spence is thrilled and humbled to receive such prestigious awards early in the Distillery’s story. It validates the team’s hard work and passion for bringing this great spirit to life.

“The comments from the judges show that the prestigious Grey Goose Vodka has an Australian rival; I’m beyond excited and so proud that we have achieved our goal of producing an outstanding spirit for Australians to enjoy,” said Debra.


Here’s what the world’s best judges had to say about Conrad Vodka


Judges Notes:  clean fruity nose, milky mouthfeel, well balanced, and offers a full-bodied fullness.


Tasting Notes:  Conrad Vodka is a powerful yet beautifully batched crafted modern vodka, inspired by all that is exceptionally fresh and smooth with a hint of sweetness linked to the wine from which it was sourced.


Conrad Distillery Vodka is fantastic on its own, in your favourite cocktail or mixer and will be released to the public on 30 July 2022 together with their Gin and XO Café liqueur. We hope everyone will get behind what will be a great Queensland success story.

Jump online and pre-order your bottle and join Club 1, which will give you a lifetime of specials and discounts:


MEDIA AND SALES ENQUIRIES:  Debra Spence – [email protected]




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Conrad Distillery

Inspired by the 2020 drought fires that raged throughout the Stanthorpe region, causing wineries in the district to have smoke-affected wine, many vineyards sent hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of unpalatable wine to landfills. We take that wine and give it a second chance to become a premium spirit.

Our Distillery An eco-friendly distillery featuring paddock to barrel, triple filtered, triple distilled, and triple barrelled spirits is located in the Southern Highlands. The distillery does not follow the latest trends in flavour or styles as Conrad is focused on producing high-quality, great-tasting, all-occasion, grape-based spirit, Vodka, Gin, Coffee Liqueur, Brandy and Burbon.

Our Mission and Vision Statement Vision - To be Australia’s leading Paddock to Barrel Cognac Style Brand and champion of producing great spirits that will rival our international competitors. We may break the rules with our unconventional eco-designed still and resting system. Still, we will never use anything less than the best to produce award-winning exceptional spirits for our customers.

Founding Director and Distiller - Debra Spence, the Sole Director and Graduate of the University of Adelaide of Fundamentals of Spirit Production, has been distilling for the cosmetic chemistry industry and has a vast understanding of the aroma and taste of distilled products. Coining the phrase – Drinkable Perfume – Debra is driven to produce products that excite and please the cognisor.

Right-hand Man - William Spence, an engineer with 40 years of experience, greatly loves vineyards. With his passion for cooking, hosting, and entertaining, together in support of Debra, Conrad was established. It is where he showcases his zeal for fine spirits, mechanism management and engineering, cellar door and maintenance.

Brand - Conrad means bold advocate. The name enables the company to align its standards and products. Conrad Spirits are built on three pillars, Exclusivity, Innovation, and Connection, by providing exceptional service and products. The brand will provoke a sense of sophistication, class, and culture with a little bit of mischievousness. Conrad Spirits are for the consumer who celebrates their life and their journey.

Debra Spence
M: 0413903650


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