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Nestling at the western end of the South Downs Way, surrounded by the rolling Hampshire countryside, clear chalk streams and watercress beds for which the county is known, you will find Winchester Distillery, home of Twisted Nose Watercress Gin.

Winchester Distillery

Launched by Paul Bowler in 2014 from his small home kitchen in central Winchester, and now based in larger premises a few miles away, Winchester Distillery is home to hand-crafted premium spirits using traditional methods, modern energy-saving equipment and botanicals sourced from the surrounding landscape.

A former software developer, Paul left behind his career and daily commute to London to pursue his love for gin and to become more involved in the local community. Despite living in Winchester for years, Paul felt like a visitor in his hometown and wanted that to change.

Initially selling gin at Hampshire Farmers’ Markets and through local pubs and restaurants meant that Paul got to know more and more locals who were also passionate about their food and drink. Those people, to who we owe thanks for helping us get where we are today, are still loyal supporters and many have become friends along the way.

With many more gins now in production and brandy, rum and whisky laid down for barrel ageing (as well as some secret products in development), Winchester Distillery has a thriving future ahead of it and we'd love you to join us. Simply register your email address below to be among the first to hear about new products before general release.

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