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Homegrown vodka now a global award winner

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Homegrown vodka now a global award winner

A Sunshine Coast distillery has received a golden gong at the World Vodka Awards, beating an international field with its signature drop.

Sunshine & Sons won the World’s Best award in the botanical vodka category with its Original Vodka brand, having previously beaten domestic rivals to be a contender at the UK-based global awards.

Veronika Karlova, chair of judges for the World Vodka Awards, says all this year’s winners impressed judges with their quality and taste.

“Year on year, we see an increase in World Vodka Awards entries for varietal, botanical and flavoured categories, which confirms that the future of vodka is leaning towards styles with a lot of character and flavour.”

The accolade came as the team behind Sunshine & Sons pack their bags for Europe where they will attend trade and industry events in Dusseldorf, London and Manchester. The business will join Austrade for industry networking as the Sunshine Coast-based business prepares to export internationally.

“Industry acknowledgement is always a fantastic boost for any business and we are no exception,” Sunshine & Sons founder Matt Hobson (pictured) says.

“Our team pours their heart and soul into producing quality spirits for people to enjoy with their loved ones. Sunshine & Sons is about sunshine, quality time with family and friends and escaping to the laid-back lifestyle of Australia’s beautiful subtropical Sunshine Coast.”

The award-winning Original Vodka is one of fewer than five per cent of vodkas globally that are produced from grapes, giving a soft, spongy and velvety texture that Mr Hobson says is unmistakably premium in comparison to traditional grain, sugarcane and potato vodkas. The vodka is made with a filtration system unique to its location at Woombye.

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