The Northern Illawarra is now home to its own brand of vodka!
Architecture student Remy Crick has taken a leap of faith and set up her own distillery on the New South Wales south coast, running the business from her home in Coledale.
“My family has been distilling vodka along the Adriatic coast of Croatia for generations,” she says, “and I love vodka, so I guess it’s in my blood,” she says.
Remy, who is just 26, also has an indigenous heritage, making Axel Australia’s only indigenous vodka brand.
Remy and her well-known local family, are proud defenders of the environment and closely linked to the Surfrider Foundation, so while her product and its packaging draws on her coastal lifestyle, Remy is mindful of her impact on the planet.
While she says she is careful to produce a quality product- the bottles are fully recyclable and use as little plastic as possible (the cork seal top and tamper evident seal are legal requirements).
The vodka itself is triple-distilled from locally-sourced purified water and wheat grown in NSW. It’s then bottled by hand, to ensure quality control.
And local businesses have been supportive of Remy and her venture, with Axel vodka now available at Thirroul Cellars and in local bars across Wollongong.