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Powerscourt House

Steeped in provenance, Powerscourt Estate has always been an integral part of picturesque Enniskerry Village, 1km from the estate located in Co. Wicklow.

The village was initially built to house the estate workers and is now frequently used as the “live set” for many international film makers that wish to capture the beauty of its natural surrounds. Powerscourt Estate was already a premium destination, offering an array of amenities and a whiskey distillery and visitor centre was a natural next step to further enhance the overall visitor experience.

Distillery Plans

Gerry Ginty, with his business partner, a local entrepreneur Ashley Gardiner presented the proposal to build a whiskey distillery to the estate owners – The Slazenger Family – on one of Ireland’s great estates. Planning permission was secured in 2015 and the project was ready for investment.

Whiskey industry veteran Mike Peirce and his son and Alex Peirce joined the venture and Powerscourt Distillery Ltd, “A Unique Distillery In An Extraordinary Location”, was born.

With ensuing industry contacts, it wasn’t long before world-renowned Master Distiller Noel Sweeney was appointed, and construction began with complete turnkey installation from the famed whisky distillation equipment producer, Forsyths of Scotland. Distilling started in June 2018, with the first barrels laid down in August of that year. Inductee to the World Whisky Hall of Fame, our Founding Master Distiller and Blender Noel Sweeney had previously distilled and laid down our aged range of Fercullen Irish Whiskey, allowing us to launch the Fercullen Irish Whiskey brand at Whiskey Live Dublin in late 2018.

Powerscourt Distillery is now paving the way for a new era of whiskey making in Co.Wicklow under the watchful eye of Master Distiller -Paul Corbett and Head of Whiskey- John Cashman. Both men are visionaries with expert knowledge and experience in the Irish whiskey category.

This year saw the release of Powerscourt Distillery’s first Fercullen Single Malt, distilled and matured onsite and winning GOLD at the 2023 Icons of Whiskey Awards.

Visitor Centre

Putting the guests at the focal point of our experience is always our priority as we deliver a first-class fully immersive whiskey experience.
Every aspect of the visitor experience was considered to ensure Powerscourt is not only the ideal place to inspire a new generation in craftsmanship, but the perfect setting in which to appreciate our whiskeys.

Being one of the few operational distilleries in Ireland with a maturation warehouse on-site, our guests can savour the aroma of sleeping casks and breathe in the extraordinary spirit maturing within.

After your tour, our premium gift store awaits you with lots of choices in whiskey, craft goods, local food produce and clothing. Savour delicious cocktails in our Whiskey Lounge or simply sit back and relax viewing the natural surrounds while sipping on your Fercullen Whiskey of choice.

Winning the Icons of Whiskey Visitor Centre of the year 2023 is a true acknowledgement of our dedication to providing a world class destination and we look forward to many more guests joining us in the future.

Powerscourt Distillery's Full-Team