Powerscourt Distillery Lodges Plans for €10m Whiskey Investment

Powerscourt Distillery today lodges a planning application for the construction of a craft distillery and visitor centre at Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. Local entrepreneurs Gerry Ginty and Ashley Gardiner are co-founders of the new venture and are planning a €10m investment that will create 30 jobs in the construction phase and 18 full-time jobs once the business is fully operational.

Gerry Ginty was both born and raised in Enniskerry village, just 5 a minute walk from the gates of Powerscourt Estate. Gerry leaves behind a hectic career as a management consultant for Accenture in London to return home and work on his dream of creating Ireland’s finest whiskey distillery. He is joined as co-founder in the venture by his brother-in-law and Delgany resident Ashley Gardiner.

The project will refurbish the Estate’s old mill house into a world-class distillery set against the stunning backdrop of the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Powerscourt’s award-winning gardens. Master Distiller Roy Court will mix barley grown in the surrounding fields with certified mineral water from Powerscourt Estate’s well, using traditional pot still techniques. Powerscourt Distillery will create a portfolio of unique Whiskeys that will stand out in the rapidly growing Irish whiskey market.

At full production the distillery will have the potential to produce over 1 million bottles of whiskey per year. By the end of 2016 onwards the first batch of whiskey will be distilled and placed in oak casks to mature. Bord Bia forecast demand to quadruple in size to over 24m cases worldwide by 2030 and Powerscourt Distillery plans to capitalise on the rapidly growing international demand for Irish whiskey.

Powerscourt Distillery CEO and Co-Founder Gerry Ginty said:

“The Irish whiskey sector is the fastest growing alcoholic drinks category in the world, averaging double digit growth over the past five years.  Powerscourt Distillery plans to focus on the premium end of this market. A unique product will be created at Powerscourt Distillery, which will utilise the natural ingredients and draw on the heritage of this spectacular Wicklow location. Whiskey from Powerscourt Distillery will be recognised for its authenticity and unique taste. We will combine the certified mineral water from the Estate and barley from the golden fields of the Estate to create something that is extra special. In essence the ultimate Irish whiskey, from barley to bottle on the Powerscourt Estate.”

Powerscourt Distillery is a joint venture with Powerscourt Estate, supported by an agreement with the Slazenger family to locate the distillery on the estate, which has an 800 year history stretching back to a castle built in the 13th century, strategically located to defend access to the nearby Dargle, Glencree and Glencullen rivers.

The Slazengers are the owners and custodians of Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, developing it into a hugely popular tourist attraction, with over 500,000 visitors each year and visitor numbers to the gardens from both the US and China rising over 49% and 39% respectively in the past year alone.

Sarah Slazenger, Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate said:

“Our family’s approach has been to collaborate with businesses whose values are consistent with the sustainable and long-term approach that we have taken in building the reputation of the Estate and Gardens. Powerscourt Distillery is an exciting new venture that will help attract more visitors to Powerscourt who are interested in seeing authentic Irish craft excellence brought to life.”

Powerscourt Distillery Co-Founder Ashley Gardiner said:

“At Powerscourt Distillery we are passionate about fostering an appreciation of this traditional Irish spirit, reclaiming and celebrating Irelands distilling heritage. With over 500,000 unique visitors a year to this wonderful location, we will have a readymade base of global ambassadors to support the potential and scale of this project.

Master Distiller, Roy Court commenting on his role at Powerscourt Whiskey:

‘I am thrilled to act as Master Distiller at Powerscourt Whiskey. I look forward to playing a role in creating a portfolio of Irish whiskeys that will stand out on the international stage. At an exciting time for Irish whiskey, experiencing such an increase in popularity internationally, Powerscourt Distillery has something truly unique to offer.’

More information on Powerscourt Distillery can be found at www.powerscourtdistillery.com

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