Halewood Wines & Spirits to open new whisky distillery in North Wales

Drinks: Whisky
Location: Wales

It’s been 100 long years since North Wales had itself a whisky distillery, but things are about to change, with Halewood Wines & Spirits announcing plans to open a new whisky distillery in the region.

The 6,000sq m Aber Falls distillery, located in Abergwyngregyn near Bangor in North Wales, will produce whisky, alongside gin and other alcoholic drinks.

The company has ramped up its expansion plans in recent years, both domestically and overseas, having purchased a ‘significant’ stake in West Cork Distillers in 2016. It also added Liverpool Gin range, The Pogues Irish Whiskey and Rum Sixty-Six to its portfolio last year.

‘Halewood Wines & Spirits is looking to bring its extensive experience in developing craft spirits to North Wales,’ said Stewart Hainsworth, chief executive of Halewood Wines & Spirits.

‘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.’

Though the size of the proposed investment has not been announced, Halewood described the sum as ‘significant’, with the site to include a visitor centre and training courses for distilling spirits.


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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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