‘Ginstillation’ steps forward

GlenWyvis Distillery range

A COMMUNITY-owned distillery which aims to bring both gin and whisky production to the Highland town of Dingwall has edged a step closer after ordering gin distillation equipment.

The GlenWyvis Distillery, which received initial backing from some 2600 members who invested £2.6 million in the original share offer last year and a further 3000 members through the second open share offer, is planning its first run of new-make spirit later this year, with gin distillation to follow early next year.

David O’Connor, chairman of the distillery board, said: “We are extremely grateful to our partners at the Shetland Distillery for supporting us through the start-up phase and helping to establish our gin brand in the market. However, moving gin production to Dingwall is something that our members requested when we sought their views earlier this year. In fact, it is one of the drivers behind our second open share offer.”