Cornish farm to become region’s ‘first’ single estate distillery

21st May, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

Family-owned Colwith Farm Distillery is set to become Cornwall’s “first single estate distillery” when it opens its doors next month.

Steve Dustow Colwith Farm

Steve Dustow founded the Colwith Farm Distillery in 2014

Founded in 2014 by Steve Dustow, a fifth-generation farmer, England’s Colwith Farm Distillery will move production of its potato-based Aval Dor vodka and Stafford’s Gin on site when the distillery opens in June.

Dustow said: “We first had the idea of producing our own spirits and building our own distillery around eight years ago.

“The concept for Cornwall’s first potato vodka came to fruition with the launch of Aval Dor in 2014, followed by Stafford’s Gin in 2015. It’s been a while in the making but it’s fantastic to see the distillery finally taking shape.

“There are lots of companies producing Cornish gin but we’re the first in Cornwall to bring the whole process under one roof.”

Upon opening, Colwith Farm Distillery will begin chipping and cooking potatoes that will then be fermented and distilled to make its spirits on site.

The newly constructed distillery will also feature an on-site visitor centre, which will allow guests to tour the facilities and see how the farm turns its King Edward potatoes into vodka and gin.

Construction of the distillery began in 2017 after Colwith Farm received a grant from the South and East Cornwall Local Action Group. Upon completion, the distillery hopes it will create five new jobs at the site.

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