Hinch Distillery is a multi-faceted spirit business producing a selection of whiskeys and its own Ninth Wave Gin from a new £15m distillery located outside Ballynahinch.
The distillery is more than a functional part of the business. It was created to play a role in NI’s hospitality and tourism sector by offering tours, a new space for private events including weddings, as well as serving food at its brasserie restaurant.
The business, which is the brainchild of Dr Terry Cross OBE, has a 10-strong portfolio of whiskeys, including one variety that marries with local craft beer breweries to produce an exclusive limited edition Hinch Craft & Casks selection.
Meanwhile the firm’s Ninth Wave Gin has been described as the world’s most awarded gin brand in 2020 by leading awarding bodies including the World Gin Awards and more.
Despite having launched during the pandemic, and operating with multiple Covid restrictions in place, Hinch Distillery has made its mark on the food and drink sector here and around the world.
It is hoped that now, with restrictions eased, the business will become an established player in the hospitality scene making it a must-visit location for tourists keen to learn about the distilling process here.
Shauna Parkes, sales manager at Hinch Distillery said: “This win is absolutely fantastic. We are so delighted to have won this award and it will make such a difference to us.
“We work so hard at it every day and this is the reward for that.
“We’re just getting started and there is a lot more to come from Hinch Distillery.”
Marketing manager Michael McHugh said the company is taking a bigger slice of the fast-growing whiskey market with the US being its most popular market.
He said: “Irish whiskey is enjoying phenomenal growth.
"And Hinch is anticipating and working to being part of that growth.”
At present Hinch Distillery distributes its products to more than 30 different global markets, putting Northern Ireland, as a key producer of premium spirits, on an even bigger stage.