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Stoli breaks ground on new whiskey distillery in Kentucky, US

DBR Staff Writer Published 13 November 2017

Vodka maker Stoli Group has broken ground on a $150m whiskey distillery in Kentucky as it intends to expand in the US market.

The 420 acre bourbon distillery is part of the company’s newly formed American whiskey division.

The company plans to develop a freshwater lake, a gourmet restaurant, a convention center, a vintage passenger train and a refurbished train station.

Work is due to commence in early 2018 with a goal of completing the distillery phase and start production of whiskies in 2020, bringing nearly 57 jobs to the area. 

Stoli Group's American Whiskey Division Head Dmitry Efimov said: "Stoli Group will put great resources into these endeavors – 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."

The company is expected to receive about $2m through the Kentucky Business Investment program, and about $1.2m through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative as tax incentives.

Apart from creating a new American whiskey division, Stoli has also started Finos Tequila distillery in Jalisco, Mexico and the Bayou Rum distillery and visitors center in Lacassine, Louisiana, and farms 14,000 acres of agricultural land, including for its Stoli and elit Vodkas in Tambov, Russia.

Kentucky Governor Matthew Griswold 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."

Founded in 2013, Stoli Group manages, distributes, markets and operates SPI Group’s global spirits portfolio.


Image: Dmitry Efimov, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky Owl Master Blender Dixon Dedman (L-R), break ground on Kentucky Owl Park. Photo: Courtesy of PR Newswire.