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Investing in the Winchester Distillery

Winchester Distillery Team

2019 marks the fifth anniversary of the Winchester Distillery. We've come a long way since our founder, Paul Bowler, produced the first 25-litre batch of Twisted Nose Gin in his Winchester kitchen.

We're now based a few miles outside the city in beautiful Old Alresford, with a team of six full-time staff and numerous part-time brand ambassadors and distillery assistants, making over a dozen gins across our three main brands as well as producing bespoke spirits for third-party brand owners.

The business has grown organically, and has been profitable every year with no debts, loans or external sources of funding. But while sales continue to grow at an average of 120% per year our production is pushed to capacity at key times limiting our ability to expand.

Additionally we have experimental batches of Rum and Whisky in the distillery laboratory which taste amazing but we lack the necessary equipment to make these in commercially viable volumes. 

Industry figures

  • UK gin sales approached £2 billion in 2018 - more than 66 million bottles of gin were sold, up 41% with 19 million more bottles sold than 2017.
  • Exports of British gin rose 19% in value in the first half of 2018 to reach a record £279 million, predicted to reach £600 million by year end.
  • Rum sales up 7.9% in value with volumes up 5%, tipped to be the next ‘hot craft spirit’ with nearly 80% of 25-to-34-year-old spirit drinkers said to drink rum.
  • Golden rum sales are forecast to grow faster than gin by 2020
  • Scotch Whisky exports increased in the first half of 2018 to £1.97 billion, a 10.8% rise from 2017.

We now need your help so we can take advantage of the ever-increasing demand for craft gin, to create amazing brands for our rums and whisky, to grow our exports and to offer additional services for third parties.

Consequently, we'll soon be opening up external investment in the Winchester Distillery using the industry-leading CrowdCube platform.

By investing through CrowdCube you will become a direct shareholder in the Winchester Distillery and, once your investment has been processed, you will be sent a Share Certificate and appear on the business' share register at Companies House.

As an initial investor, as well as receiving equity in the business you will also get unique rewards increasing in value with the amount you invest. These rewards start from having your name listed on our shareholders 'Hall of Fame' to owning a cask of whisky to fill and bottle yourself.

With your investment we will be able to increase our production with a new high-capacity copper still, install a brewhouse for commercial development of our whisky and rum, and add a semi-automated bottling line to significantly reduce our production costs.

We will also be able to make the necessary structural changes to the distillery to welcome 20k+ visitors a year (currently <1k per year) and to open a bottle & gift shop on site - all major untapped sources of revenue.

Without your help we cannot achieve our goals, and every investment will make a big difference, no matter how small.

Please sign up to our Kindred Spirits mailing list below to be the first to know when our crowdfunding goes live. If, in the meantime, you have questions then please contact us directly.

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