Former packaging giant boss Terry Cross says he will open a new vodka and gin distillery at his grand estate in France, Ulster Business can reveal.
The former Delta Print & Packaging boss, who sold his west Belfast company to Finnish firm Huhtamaki in 2016 for £80m, is currently developing his £15m Hinch Distillery at his Killaney Estate outside Carryduff.
But he’s now told Ulster Business that a new gin and vodka distillery could subsequently be built at his Bordeaux vineyard Château de La Ligne.
“I looked at the market for Irish whiskey and also Irish gin. The market for Irish whiskey is on fire at the moment, led mainly by Jameson and Tullymore Dew,” he said.
And a further distillery looks set to follow at his French estate – producing gin and vodka. “We are going to build a distillery in Bordeaux as well… probably for gin and French vodka. We’ve established planning.”
His current Hinch Distillery is already an ambitious £15m project, already well underway, which will see a whiskey and gin distillery, complete with visitor centre, located right beside Terry’s own Killaney Estate.