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Pernod Ricard, one of the world’s leading whisky producers, has developed 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 incorporates an innovative approach to malt whisky making. The state-of-the-art malt whisky distillation facility commenced production in 2021.
PM Group led this project from concept design and land selection as EPCM partner, realising the signature architectural design of Neri&Hu. The project won the manufacturing category at The ENR Global Best Project Awards 2022.
The Distillery also houses an immersive visitor centre, with the aim of complementing the local tourism industry by becoming a new world-class destination that will attract more then 2 million tourists over the first decade of its opening.
The Emeishan malt whisky distillery is the first in the world to appoint a Chinese master distiller, fusing authentic whisky-making craftsmanship and local knowledge to create an iconic malt whisky.
The distillery's design combines signature architecture with traditional distilling technology. 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 is 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.