Fossey’s – The Original Ginporium

fossey's ginporium

Fossey's -The Original Ginporium

fossey's ginporium

Oh how I miss it. Fossey’s – The Original Ginporium.

What a great place to hang out on a Friday night or any night for that matter, with friends at any time of the year. It’s a blessing to have such a treasure in my local town of Mildura. 

What makes Fossey’s Ginporium so amazing? 

Well to answer that I quote Darryl Kerrigan from the legendary Australian movie “The Castle” where he says “it’s just the vibe of the place” but it really is much more too.

If you don’t know the origins of the Ginporium, please allow me to enlighten you. It’s a ginteresting tale and one I think you will definitely enjoy. 

Fossey’s is family owned and operated. Fossey’s is the epitome of a boutique Distillery. 

Embracing family history, sensational local produce and exceptional story telling though the art of Gin & Whisky Swilling and Distilling, Fossey’s has truly embraced the Australian Gin, Vodka and Whisky culture. 

Fossey’s Ginporium is in one of Mildura’s most iconic and historical buildings, The Setts. It is home to Mildura’s first and only Gin Garden and Gin & Whisky Bar.

The unique back story to creating Fossey’s Ginporium:

Well the Fossey name was married into the family in the early 1900’s and as was tradition then, it was given as the middle name to the first-born son John Fossey, known to everyone as “Foss”.

A name that stood out, those who have it as their own have been of creative mind. Of pioneering spirit. Those with the name are usually proudly misunderstood!

The Fossey’s have lived by principles and ideologies that have been passed down through generations and become known as “Fosseylosophies” which we have based our Fossey’s Ginporium business principles on.

Foss’s Grandmother (who he never met) raised 6 children alone, while running a pub in Ludlow, United Kingdom. Coincidentally, this is the same area as our Fossey’s Gin Juniper berries come from.

One of her sons, Albert, migrated to Australia and married Elsie Vera. Elsie was small in stature but big in spirit nothing would faze her. She bought up 4 children (one of them Foss) in Koorlong before there were established roads and power. Elsie was always one who rolled up her sleeves and got on with the job. Growing up in the sticks, Foss thought the best things he had ever seen were running water and knives with a serrated edge.

Were these the things to ginspire big ideas and Fosseylosophies? 

Who knows? 

His execution of big ideas could be somewhat erratic at times and misguided at best, but Foss was truly an original entrepreneur.

Pioneering land (well outside Mildura) which wasn’t being used for anything else, Foss went on to create something that is still an icon of Mildura today – Timmis Speedway.

Foss and his young family farmed a property in Mourquong. Growing fresh fruit still to this day, this particular block is where our Fossey’s Original Gin Elixir bergamot oranges and tangelos are grown.

Father to our Master Ginnovator, Steve Timmis, who embodies the pioneering spirit and big ideas like his dad. Only perhaps with a slightly straighter forward strategy to implementation, the fundamentals of Fosseylosophies live on when developing something truly unique.

Ginterestingly, speaking of creating something truly unique, Foss’s great grandad Vere Quaile who was a blacksmith living in the Bacchus Marsh area, along with his son Edward, were the ones to create Ned Kelly’s armour.

So why create gin?

Well creating gin encompasses everything Fossey’s want to represent.
First class second to none products. Creative interpretation everything. Good fun, good times, good friends, good drink. Fossey’s has huge ideas conceived in a small space with crazy deadlines.

And then of course, there is family. We believe nothing is more important than family.

Fossey’s ginporium is a lasting legacy for Izzy May and Zeb Fossey (5th generation Mildura-ians). These two little ones have “fossmerized” grandfather – Steve Timmis, nana – Eddie Timmis and their mum – Cherie, into doing what they do best to create and bring to Mildura something never seen or done before.

That’s it. The tale of how Fossey’s Ginporium came into fruition. And thank the gin gods for that.



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7 Ways to Cope with Lock Down

ways to cope with lock down, red alcoholic beverage with fosseys original gin bottle, lemon, ice, strawberry & lime on wooden bench in front of foilage

7 ways to cope with lock down

ways to cope with lock down, red alcoholic beverage with fosseys original gin bottle, lemon, ice, strawberry & lime on wooden bench in front of foilage

At Fossey’s we put our heads together to come up with 7 ways to cope with lock down this time around for our fabulous community.

We know a lot of folks are really feeling quite angry and anxious about the way things are in Victoria right now. And we feel the first first lock down was definitely quite a different mood to this one. Many Victorian’s are wondering just how they are going to cope with stage four restrictions, when stage 3 was brutal enough already. 

We feel your pain and the ever creatives here at Fossey’s, have come up with sure-fire ways to help you cope with this lock down even better this round. 

So, we have come up with 7 unique isolation cocktails for you to busy yourself in the kitchen with.

Here we go with our fabulous Fossey’s Isolation Cocktail recipes are created by Nathan (everyone’s favourite bearded bar man in the Still):

  1. Mildura Sunrise
  • Top a large glass with some crushed ice
  • Add 1 shot of Fossey’s Navel Gin
  • Top with orange juice
  • Add a dash of raspberry on top
  • Garnish with a fancy schmancy umbrella
  1. Pink Lemonade
  • Top a large glass with some crushed ice
  • Add 1 ½ shots of Fossey’s Broken Heel Gin
  • Top up with half lemonade and half orange juice
  • Add a dash of raspberry cordial
  • Garnish with some lemon quarters
  1. The Vodka Caprioska
  • Use a smaller glass and just a scoop of ice
  • Cut the tails off a lime, and slice into quarters
  • Add the lime quarters and some brown sugar into a glass and muddle together
  • Top with 2 shots of Fossey’s vodka and stir it all together
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and feel fancy
  1. The Lake Cullulleraine (usually called a cape codder)
  • Served in a small glass with a small scoop of ice
  • Add 1 shot of Fossey’s vodka
  • Served with a splash of cranberry juice
  • Garnish with some fresh mint (from the supermarket if need be)
  1. The Breakfast Martini
  • Combine a spoon of Gin Jam
  • A shot of Fossey’s Original Gin
  • Half a lemon squeezed
  • Shake in a cocktail mixer vigorously and strain into a martini glass
  • Garnish with a lemon peel

  • 6. The Monday? Or is it Wednesday?

  • In a tall glass
  • Add 1 shot of Aperol and 1 shot of Fossey’s Shiraz Gin over crushed ice
  • Top with half orange juice and half Prosecco
  • Garnish with orange slices
  • 7. The Don’t Tell the Kids It’s Whisky



  1. Muddle together the fresh mint, sugar and lime in a tall glass.
  2. Load with ice,
  3. Add the whisky and top up with soda water.

My suggestion to enjoy these to the fullest is connecting over FaceTime with friends or family. I think it makes lock down go faster. It also does not seem as isolating if you to continue to share a drink and laugh with friends even if it is through screens. 

Bottoms up & chin chin, gin lovers!

Until next time,

Fossey’s Ginspired Blogger Girl

Narelle Fraser

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