The path less well travelled
Nestled beneath the sprawling mass of Ben Wyvis mountain in the Scottish Highlands, GlenWyvis Distillery was established in 2015. The idea was to unite the community of Dingwall through the creation of a distillery owned by local people.
Dingwall’s last whisky distillery closed in 1926. After a 90 year absence, GlenWyvis revived the town’s lost distilling tradition, and made its own history in 2016 by running a record-breaking open share offer. More than 3,000 like-minded people invested in GlenWyvis to create the first ever 100% community-owned distillery. It was an incredible response to an extraordinary idea.
We are inspired by our beautiful landscape, and motivated to preserve it. GlenWyvis is a pioneer of sustainable distilling; wind, hydro, solar and biomass energy power our operations.
Matthew FarmerDistillery Manager
Growing up in the Scottish Highlands, Matthew has been living in America where he fell into the whisk(e)y industry, probably because they loved his accent. A decade later, he’s worked every job on a distillery floor, and hopes to bring a magpie mix of passion and experience to the small family here at GlenWyvis.
Josh FraserOffice Manager
Josh is our organisational hero. He started at the distillery straight from school, although he’s more concerned with finance and logistics than product sampling.
Craig MacRitchieDistillery Operator
Craig has been with us from the start. Originally working as our Head of Sales, Craig has now transitioned into production where he keeps a close eye on all of our operations.
David joined the Board in 2019. With a background in manufacturing business turnarounds he brings a wealth of experience to the table.
Andy FisherVice Chairman
Andy joined the Board in 2019. He is the Managing Director and co-founder of Integra Well Solutions Ltd, and has a wide range of commercial experience covering all aspects of business.
Dickon joined the Board in 2019. He recently retired as Senior Partner of Moore East Midlands, Chartered Accountants then moving locally to Kiltarlity.
David joined the Board in 2020. He is a US financier with extensive experience of the capital markets. He was a substantial contributor to the first share offer and has followed GlenWyvis from the get-go. He will be advising the board on several aspects of future capital raising
David joined the board in 2021. Originally from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the Scottish borders, David now lives and works in London. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2008, he has gained extensive experience supporting businesses both large and small, starting in general commercial practise before moving in-house, initially in investment funds and now in the telecoms sector. In addition to his duties as Secretary, David will advise the board on legal aspects of the business, including finance, sales, distribution and procurement as well as regulatory compliance and governance.
Shaun joined the Board in 2021. He has had over 35 years’ experience in a variety of roles for a major UK Plc. Shaun is a qualified accountant who has extensive experience of turnaround situations and change management both domestically and on an international basis. Since retiring Shaun has continued to act as a Pension Trustee as well as providing consultancy and advisory services to a number of Private Equity Houses (both in Europe and the USA), mainly in the field of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Factory Due Diligence.
John joined the Board in 2021. He was born in Inverness and brought up locally in Dingwall. After a decade of working in the Scottish Parliament for some of Scotland’s most senior politicians, he now works as a Policy and Communications Manager for Scottish Chambers of Commerce. He has a keen interest in community development and cooperative businesses.
David joined the Board in 2021. He is a practicing mechanical engineer and former leader of an international team of multi-disciplined engineering experts. He has worked around the world to help clients resolve complex construction issues. David is driven by his vision of providing clients with a full and first class service and has sought to inspire colleagues to meet this goal and their personal goals. He sees GlenWyvis Distillery producing an acclaimed product, and being a role model for other businesses that understand the importance of looking after their people, communities and planet within the setting of a profitable and sustainable business.
Across the Cromarty Firth from Dingwall, the famous Ferintosh Privilege is granted to local landowner Duncan Forbes. He is allowed to distil whisky on his land duty-free.
The Ferintosh Privilege is revoked, ending almost 100 years of mass whisky production on the Black Isle. Robert Burns laments ‘Thee, Ferintosh! O sadly lost! Scotland lament frae coast to coast!’
Dingwall ironmonger, agricultural merchant and town Baillie D.G. Ross builds Ben Wyvis Distillery. It takes 90 men nine months to blast away the Dingwall hillside to make way for the site.
Glenskiach Distillery opens in Evanton, a few miles north of Dingwall. The distillery was designed by famous distillery architect of the Victorian age, Charles Doig.
As a result of global economic depression, both Ben Wyvis and Glenskiach distilleries close. Glenskiach is soon demolished, however Ben Wyvis remains standing until the 1990s.
Invergordon Distillery starts distilling Ben Wyvis single malt whisky within its grain distillery complex. Most of the single malt goes into blended whiskies.
A crash in the US economy impacts the Scottish whisky industry and Invergordon ceases production of Ben Wyvis. The stills are later repurposed by Glengyle Distillery in Campbelltown.
GlenWyvis Distillery in Dingwall is established. The idea was inspired by the area’s rich whisky history, and the team embarked upon raising local support for the project.
GlenWyvis launches its first share offer, which raises £2.6 million in 77 days. 2,200 people invest in the project, breaking records and making national headlines. Construction of the distillery begins.
GlenWyvis opens its second share offer, and 1,000 more people invest in the project. The distillery build is finished in November, and Duncan Tait joins the team as Distillery Manager.
GlenWyvis Distillery starts both whisky and gin production. GlenWyvis Whisky is laid down in casks, and GoodWill Gin enters the market.
With over 500 casks now resting onsite at GlenWyvis, a bottling of New Make Spirit is released to give a flavour of things to come.