Liverpool-based Halewood Wines & Spirits plans to open a whisky distillery in North Wales; three months after the country secured the right to call itself a whisky producing country.
HALEWOOD has applied for planning permission to convert its former wholesale depot in Abergwyngregyn, near Bangor.
The Aber Falls distillery will produce a range of alcoholic drinks including whisky, gin and liquors at the proposed 6,000 square metre site.
It will be the first distillery in North Wales for over 100 years and would become Wales’ third distillery. Penderyn Distillery was Wale’s first producer of whisky (2004) followed by Dà Mhìle Distillery in West Wales, which released its first whisky in September 2016.
Under European Union legislation, Wales can officially market itself as a whisky-producing nation if it has at least two distilleries producing and marketing whisky.
If the plans are granted permission, the site will also house a visitor centre and host training courses for distilling spirits. It would also include the siting of two grain silos and a condenser unit.
Halewood chief executive Stewart Hainsworth said: “We are currently working closely with North Wales Tourism and Gwynedd Council to finalise our proposals, which will help to regenerate the area and deliver a number of new jobs within the local community.”
The company owns a portfolio of spirits brands that includes Liverpool Vodka and Gin, Red Square vodka, Whitley Neill gin and The Pogues Irish whiskey.
Last month, it released a new rum that celebrates the rich maritime history of the city of Liverpool, where the business is headquartered.
And in October, the company bolstered its rum portfolio by securing the import and distribution rights for Barbados’ Rum Sixty Six.
The plans for a new distillery in Gwynedd follow Halewood’s strong financial performance and growth in 2016 – the result of a number of successful product launches and brand acquisitions.
In July, it acquired ‘a significant stake’ in West Cork Distillers to further strengthen its partnership in jointly developing and distributing its innovative Irish whiskey portfolio throughout international markets.
Read about Halewood Wine and Spirit’s distiller Lora Hemy here