Gwynedd Councillors visit award-winning business
Gwynedd Council representatives were recently invited to take a tour of one of the county’s newest businesses that is already winning prizes on the international stage. Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, at Abergwyngregyn, began production last year, but since whisky must be aged for at least three years and one day before it can legally be sold, this product will not be available until 2020.
In the meantime, the distillery is also manufacturing a range of gins and liquors, which are already gaining critical acclaim, winning a total of 5 medals at this year’s San Francisco Spirits Competition. They have also been nominated for a Great British Food Award, under the Best New British Product category.
The site itself has had a rich history, from housing a 19th century slate Works, to a margarine factory during the world wars. Along with the restoration of the distillery itself, it is hoped that a purpose built visitors Centre will replace the remaining derelict buildings, offering a range of facilities including a distilling laboratory, museum, exhibition space, conferencing facilities and a bistro.
Managing Director James Wright said: “I am delighted with the progress the distillery has made over the past months, and am excited to continue to develop the business to offer both a high quality visitor attraction, and an internationally acclaimed range of spirits to promote the beauty and heritage of North Wales across the world”
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development added: “I have been really impressed with what the facility has achieved in such a short space of time. What I find particularly encouraging is the company’s passion for contributing to the local community – from the fact that the spent grain is fed to cattle on the neighbouring farm, to the employment and development of local people and even discussions with Bangor University regarding Research opportunities”
For further information about the distillery, visit https://www.aberfallsdistillery.com/en/
PHOTOGRAPH: Representatives from Gwynedd Council visiting the distillery.