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Pernod Ricard, one of the world’s leading whisky producers, recently broke ground on the site of China’s first ever malt whisky distillery.
Pernod Ricard’s US$150m investment will be phased over the next decade. Situated at Emeishan, Sichuan, the 13-hectare distillery will incorporate an innovative approach to malt whisky making. The state-of-the-art malt whisky distillation facility is due to begin production in 2021.
PM Group has been leading this project since concept design and land selection as EPCM partner, realising the signature architectural design of Neri&Hu.
The Distillery will also house an immersive visitor centre, scheduled to open in 2021, with the ambition of complementing the local tourism industry by becoming a new world-class destination that will attract 2 million+ tourists over the first decade of its opening.
The Emeishan malt whisky distillery will be first in the world to appoint a Chinese master distiller, fusing authentic whisky-making craftsmanship and local knowledge to create an iconic malt whisky.
This significant milestone follows two years of work developing the design which combines signature architecture with traditional distilling technology
“It has been a great achievement to reach this milestone, overcoming the many challenges associated with this very unique project. This could not have been done without the fantastic support of our key partners. We look forward to our continued working with PM Group as we enter the next exciting phase,” said Ed Fells – VP Operations Pernod Ricard Asia
In line with Pernod Ricard’s global principles of its Sustainability and Responsibility roadmap 2030, the distillery demonstrates respect for the heritage of the region and the land, which will be brought to life through a vernacular design approach that prioritises the preservation of local resources and environment while allowing harmony between the distillery experience and the local environment.