Angus Dundee Distillers has started on a project to build the latest whisky distillery and visitor center by a Scotch whisky producer in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.
Nestled amongst the picturesque and pristine waters of Qiandao Lake, Chun’an Distillery will serve as a strategic brand home for Angus Dundee’s Asia operations, complimenting their two existing distilleries in the Highlands of Scotland, Tomintoul and Glencadam malt distilleries.
Boasting 3000 cubic meters of traditional rammed earth construction, expansive roof lines, adoption of the highest standards for water mitigation and control, and a regenerative approach to the nationally strategic surrounding landscape, Angus Dundee Distillers is hoping that the Chun’an Distillery will serve as an example for mixed use manufacturing and civic projects in China and beyond.
Spanning a site of over 20 acres, the distillery will source pure water from the Nongfu Spring to make high quality malt whisky. There are also plans for the world’s largest cave whisky maturation cellar within a mountain close to the distillery, with the stable temperature and humidity inside the cave looking to provide ideal conditions for storing and maturing whisky.
Brian Megson, director of Angus Dundee Distillers, said: “This investment is a major milestone for Angus Dundee Distillers and builds on our existing presence in China, a whisky market which we regard as one of the most important for the future. We are combining our notable Western heritage in producing the finest Scottish Single Malts with Eastern traditions in a location of exceptional natural beauty and resources.
“We want to create one of the leading distilleries in Asia, combining world-class whisky production with an outstanding visitor experience.”
Construction work is now underway on the project, located in an area which is popular due to the natural beauty of its lakes and mountains, and it is scheduled to be completed by 2025.