Cameron Mackenzie is a distiller, operations guru, educator, locavore and still polisher. He is, quite simply, the heart and soul of Four Pillars Gin. Before throwing his lot into the production of craft spirits, Cam was a 15-year veteran of the wine trade, having made, sold, marketed and judged many of Victoria’s best-known wine brands.
Cam is also an Olympian having run in the 4x400m at the 1996 Atlanta Games. That was before he started working with Stuart Gregor (Four Pillars Co-Founder) on an Olympic scholarship in 1998. His running career went rapidly downhill after this initial encounter (he missed a spot in the 2000 Olympic team by one place) and Stuart has felt guilty ever since.
Since 2013 Cameron has overseen the growth of Four Pillars from making just one gin, our Rare Dry Gin first released on 3 December 2013, to making multiple styles of gin using unique botanicals, barrel ageing and even grapes. His talent for distilling and understanding the nuances of flavour, purity and balance in gin is extraordinary. Without being unkind we think he was no great loss to the Australian Olympic movement but an extraordinary win for Australian distilling.