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Into the wilderness

Awildian is an archaic word which means “the refusal to be tamed”. It exactly represents the wild Coromandel and our untamed approach to distilling. We don’t like tame.

Awildian Gin is distilled in Thames using water sourced from the Kauaeranga Valley in the Coromandel

Our gin is born from this wildness, from the ancient magic of the land and sea. The journey begins at Atuatumoe/Sleeping God Canyon, which reaches into the Kauaeranga Valley, where we source the water for Awildian.

The Coromandel Distilling Company was founded by Daniela Suess and Paul Schneider


Awildian was created by scientists Paul Schneider and Daniela Suess, who first developed a passion for harvesting mānuka honey. After experimenting with honey mead, they realised they’d found something special, and soon their guest cabin had been commandeered as a tiny coastal distillery.

The first distilling location for the Coromandel Distilling Company


Precision, experimentation, and refinement came next, things that, luckily, scientists tend to be pretty good at. Paul and Daniela kept crafting until their distillation held its own amongst ten of the world’s most praised gins under the most scientific conditions: a blind taste test among trusted peers.

"Fuck, this is good!"

Nick Ravenhall

Managing Director / Global Head of Sales, Atom Brands

Visit our tasting room and cellar door in Thames to purchase a bottle of locally-made gin


With a lease in central Thames signed and a custom-made 150L Carl still from Germany ordered, Paul and Daniela began distilling in earnest. They harnessed the flavours of local ingredients (and exotic botanicals from further afield that grow in a less untamed climate). Their prototype gin ‘The Cuckoo’ was given a Gold Award at the 2020 New Zealand Spirit Awards.

The rest, as they say, is history. Awildian’s NZ-made gin has made a splash on the world stage with over a dozen national and international awards. The Distillery has become a cornerstone of the Coromandel community, with locals and visitors clamouring to taste its unique blend of flavours, and what was once just a vision had truly been brought to life.

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