Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Statements by Members
Forrest Electorate: The Grove Distillery
Saturday is Small Business Day. The Grove Distillery is a small family business in the Margaret River region, a vibrant business. It began as an olive grove on that property and became a winery in 1995. It is now a multi-award-winning business producing top-shelf spirits, liqueurs and traditional ales. The property is an experience in itself. The owners, Steve and Val Hughes, have a lively sense of humour—and you certainly see that. The Grove's quality beverages are ideally matched with wonderful stone-fired pizzas, tapas and a fantastic view—a match made in heaven. The Grove is a multi-award-winning business. It won a small business innovation award. It is internationally acclaimed, with its Caribbean spiced rum taking out a double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition last year and best in show in the judging of all double-gold winners. What a tremendous result for Steve, Val and their dedicated Grove team. They have won numerous awards. It's a premium beverage small business working constantly to produce high-quality and innovative products. That's great work by Steve, Val and their fantastic team. It adds to the many and varied food, wine and tourism experiences in the Margaret River region. This is another one of those fantastic small businesses that we see right around Australia, and I wish them all a very happy Small Business Day on Saturday.