Ogilvy raises £150,000
Vodka distillery centre offers true rural experience
David Tollick (far left), Dougie Pond (second left) and Gill Lawrie (far right) of Angus Leader LAG, with Caroline & Graeme Jarron, founders of Ogilvy Vodka, and Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland
Scotland’s first potato vodka producer has raised £150,000 with support from a rural development scheme to build a visitor Centre with a difference.
Visitors to the new Ogilvy Distillery in Angus will take in the tour of the working farm and distilling process on a tractor and trailer before rounding-off their visit in the boutique vodka tasting room.
Funding has come from Angus Leader Local Action Group, part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The distillery and visitor centre are on track to open in October and hopes to benefit from the opening next month of the V&A Museum in nearby Dundee.
Graeme Jarron, farmer and founder of Ogilvy said: “With the launch of the V&A and around 100,000 people flocking to visit our neighbours at Glamis Castle each year, there is a fantastic opportunity to share the story of Ogilvy farm and the Vodka and help make Angus an exciting destination area for tourists and locals alike.
“We have been approached on many occasions about tours of the farm and distillery, so we’re thrilled to have received funding from Angus Leader Local Action Group to make this possible.”
Ogilvy is committed to investing £4,000 a year until 2028 into three local community groups: Charleston Playgroup, Glamis Primary School Committee and the Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET).
As farmers, Ogilvy’s management are passionate about provenance and the funds will be used to teach future generations about rural life and where their food comes from.
Ogilvy Vodka was founded by the Jarron family who have farmed the land at Hatton of Ogilvy since 1910. Frustrated with the wastage of potatoes that weren’t aesthetically-pleasing enough for supermarket sales, the team partnered up with Heriot Watt University to produce Scotland’s first potato vodka before launching to market in 2015.
Dougie Pond, chairman of Angus Leader Local Action Group, added: “We aim to support initiatives that build community capacity, develop community facilities and ultimately strengthen the local economy.”