Planning and Launching Your Successful Distilling Business

The Distillers Institute is the only dedicated distilling business course in Australia to help you plan, start and grow a distillery. Delivered online, the content has been created by industry experts with over 40 years combined experience. Join the TDI community and be confident you can get your distillery going within 12 months.

Check out all our distilling business courses
Short course: Starting out in distilling
Course 1: Planning a Distillery
Course 2: Launching a Distillery

Our courses take you on a targeted journey...


Our courses are the ideal roadmap to navigate opening your own distillery in the next 12 months and then taking it to the next level. The Distillers Institute is a team of four working in the industry with the goal of helping new distillery owners successfully start and launch their businesses and with the support of a great distilling community.

Our courses

Start with Course 1 "Planning Your Successful Distilling Business" and move to Course 2 "Launching Your Successful Distilling Business to take it to the next level.  Our Short course  Getting your start in the Distilling Industry is designed for people who are thinking about working in the industry and want to see what the industry is about.

Our Planning course covers everything you need to know to plan your distillery. From thinking through ideas, planning finances, and working out all the things needed to plan or purchase along the way.

Our Launching course is designed for new distilleries that want to advance or grow, including nailing processes or extending marketing and distribution.

Like any small business, starting a distillery takes planning, and an understanding of all the moving parts and skills you need to succeed. The courses will help you think through, plan and execute the steps to open a distillery in Australia  or New Zealand.

The courses should be considered as the starting point for anyone thinking about a distillery business. They are practical, easy-to-use and provides tips, tricks, templates and a solid guide to reaching your goal.

You have access to webinars with industry professionals and a private Facebook group where you can ask The Distillers Institute Founders and other Members questions on your journey.

380+ Members undertaking our courses!


Finding the right course starts with the right journey. Our Planning course is for those starting their journey to be a distillery owner and our Launching course for distillery owners hoping to take it to the next level. See an overview of our Planning and Launching courses below.

Course 1 - Planning Your Successful Distilling Business Course Map

Course 2 - Launching Your Successful Distilling Business Course Map

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Your Instructors


With over 30 years combined experience on the distilling industry in Australia, New Zealand and the UK the Founders of The Distillers Institute offer you insight into their varied skills and experience.

100% Money Back Guarantee Within 30 Days


If you're unhappy for any reason, we'll give you your money back - 100%, no questions asked (well, actually, there will be one - we’d love any feedback on where you think we can improve!).

Natasha Riddoch

Plan B Distillery. Tasmania (June 2020)

“Excellent news, today I got confirmation of my licence being approved by the ATO, utilising the learnings and templates from this course definitely supported achievement of this in a seamless way. Lot of hard work still to be done but one less hurdle. Thanks so much, this course has really helped.”


Jonathan Harris

Aspiring Distillery Business Owner | NSW, Australia (April 2020)

"There’s something in this course for everyone wanting to get started or who have already started the journey in distilling. This course definitely gets me both excited and amazed but provides some clear direction and motivations of where your aspirations can fit into distilling."


Bodie Heit

Aspiring Distillery Business Owner | QLD, Australia (April 2020)

"I got interested in distilling a couple of years ago and the interest has grown into a bit of a passion (my wife would say obsession). I'm dreaming of building a beautiful little distillery from nothing into something that will eventually support my family and maybe one day be passed on to our boys and their families. Until now it has just been a dream but signing up for this course feels like it might be the first steps to make it reality. It certainly seems to be the kind of resource that has been missing here in Australia and I'm looking forward to diving in."


David Robertson

Founder | Walrus Distillery | Brisbane, Australia (March 2020)

"Troy and his team were brilliant in developing a business strategy and financial structure to support our new distillery. Troy was able to provide comprehensive information but in a language we could understand. We now feel very well equipped to evolve our distillery into a successful business. Troy’s knowledge about the industry, his advice and support are second to none. We couldn’t have got here without him."


About our courses
Planning a Distillery
Launching a Distillery