Distillery project set for historic South Wales castle

Bottlers and Distillers Wales (B&D Wales) has partnered with Vale Resort to open a full-scale distillery and visitor experience at Hensol Castle.

The Hensol Castle Distillery is part of a £7 million investment into the 17th century castle and it is projected to create up to 120 jobs over the next three years.

The construction of the distillery venture is being overseen by B&D Wales managing director, Andy Mallows, who has teamed up with his son Rhys Mallows and Vale Resort directors: Stephen Leeke and Mike Fowler. The venture will comprise a distillery, bottling plant, bonded warehouse, visitors experience and gin school.

Mallows said: “I’d always dreamt of building a first-class distilling facility in South Wales and our partnership with the Vale Resort team over the last two years has made this possible! Hensol Caste is without question a beautiful and historic setting and together with Vale Resort we are building a modern distillery and bottling plant that will produce five million bottles per year of quality Welsh spirits from gin and vodka to rum and other new products. At the same time, the visitor experience and gin school will attract further visitors to this wonderful destination.

“The Vale Resort is already an iconic Welsh landmark and it’s a privilege to work with them on this visionary collaboration.”

Mallows left his role as chief executive of Toorank two years ago and since this date he has been working on building his vision of cementing Wales onto the global spirits scene by bringing innovative drinks to market, especially ones that reflect Welsh heritage.

He said: “We’re so spoilt here at Hensol Castle, we have an abundance of natural resources to draw upon from our own spring water to rare botanicals. In addition, the history and Bottlers and Distillers stories that live and breathe in the castle walls are proving an amazing source of inspiration for the brands we’re developing.”

The distillery will initially produce a range of entry-point, mid-level and premium-quality gins, vodkas and other spirits including a low alcohol range.

Stephen Leeke, managing director of the Vale Resort, said: This is a hugely exciting development at the Vale Resort, the spirits industry is a great sector and I’m thrilled that we’ve weaved this into the overall redevelopment of Hensol Castle. The plans for the visitor experience and gin school are very inclusive and are sure to boost the castle’s reputation as one of the premier destinations in South Wales.”

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