Following on from a strong financial performance in 2016, Halewood Wines & Spirits has published plans to open a whisky distillery in North Wales which will be the regions first for over 100 years.
The Aber Falls distillery will produce a range of alcoholic drinks including gin and liquors at the 6,000sq metre Abergwyngregyn site in Gwynedd.
The announcement represents an extremely positive start to year, and follows Halewood’s strong financial performance and growth in 2016, resulting from a number of successful product launches and brand acquisitions.
Halewood Wines & Spirits has a strong track record of creating award-winning premium spirits including Whitley Neill Gin and Red Square Vodka. Halewood added the super-premium Liverpool Gin range, The Pogues Irish Whiskey and Rum Sixty-Six to its portfolio last year, as the business continues to expand and increase distribution within domestic and international markets.
Halewood also purchased a significant stake in West Cork Distillers in 2016 to strengthen their partnership in developing and distributing its Irish whiskey range across international markets.
The Aber Falls project represents a significant investment from Halewood Wines & Spirits and the plans include a visitor centre and training courses for distilling spirits.
Stewart Hainsworth, Chief Executive of Halewood Wines & Spirits, commented: “Halewood Wines & Spirits is looking to bring its extensive experience in developing craft spirits to North Wales.
“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.”