Bass & Flinders Distillery was founded in 2009 by Wayne Klintworth and Bob Laing. Following the very sudden and sad passing of Bob in 2016 Wayne has continued to manage the business with his daughter Holly Klintworth who are using Bob and Wayne’s initial creative flair and vision as inspiration for the future of the business.
The original inspiration for the business was the classic aged grape spirits of France. Being located in the wine growing region on the Mornington Peninsula provided perfect place for the challenge. Wayne & Bob spent a considerable amount of time researching aged spirits and obtained the assistance of a Master Distiller who trained in Cognac. They established a traditional production method based on an Alembc pot still and obtained used Cognac barrels for maturation. Bass and Flinders is one of the only Australian distillers who distil all their spirits in-house and use wine as their base spirit producing distinctive textures and flavours.