Vodka maker Stoli Group will construct a $150 million whiskey distillery in Kentucky as it aims to expand in the US market.
Called the Kentucky Owl Park and named after the bourbon that joined Stoli Group’s portfolio earlier this year, the 420-acre site will house operations for the company’s newly-created whiskey division.
It will also feature a freshwater lake, restaurant, convention centre, a vintage passenger train, and a refurbished train station.
Work is scheduled to start in early 2018, with a goal of completing the distillery phase and beginning production of whiskies in 2020, bringing up to 57 jobs to the area.
Stoli Group was established in 2013 and is responsible for the management, distribution and marketing operations of SPI Group’s global spirits portfolio.
Head of Stoli Group’s US Whiskey Division Dmitry Efimov said: “Stoli Group will put great resources into these endeavours – both the distillery experience and the growth of this very important category for our company.
“As master blender, Dixon Dedman will continue to manage the production of Kentucky Owl – the crown jewel of the new division – which will remain a small batch offering.
“This site will be home to additional brands that we will create or acquire. With the continued strength and growth of American whiskies and bourbons, we are beginning to evaluate those opportunities.”
Governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin said: “Global demand for bourbon continues to bring significant economic impact to Kentucky through jobs, investment and tourism.
“This new project by Stoli Group in the heart of bourbon country will serve to accelerate this trend. Stoli Group will offer numerous employment opportunities and support many families in and around Nelson County. I congratulate the company and look forward to seeing this concept come to life over the coming years.”
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