Cardrona Distillery

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Cardrona Distillery

Cardrona Distillery is family owned and operated, founded in the Cardrona Valley nestled within the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The very best equipment has been sourced from the four corners of the earth, to make great hand-crafted Single Malt Whisky, Gin, Single Malt Vodka and limited edition Liqueurs.

Led by Desiree Whitaker, the exquisite range of Whiskies, spirits and liqueurs produced at the Cardrona Distillery is the result of many years of study, planning and research. Desiree learned her craft from some of the world’s masters and has shaped the very character that is Cardrona Distillery.

Cardrona does not cut corners. From the barley varietal, the grind of the mill and the size of the mash tun to the temperature of the alpine water, every step of the process is integral to forming the character of the spirit and has been meticulously thought out.

The Distillery has designed its craft process around the deep single malt traditions, starting from scratch with malted barley to create a genuine artisan premium spirit, a rarity in the spirits industry.

Every aspect of Cardrona’s products is of the highest quality, from the pure Cardrona Valley alpine water, the rich malted barley and the foraged ingredients to the hand picked oak casks from Spain and America.


Cardrona’s spirits are distilled using copper stills and all natural ingredients. The still house is home to five stills:

  • Pair of Forsyth copper pot stills, a 2,000 litre and a 1,300 litre;
  • 7.5m Jacob Carl continuous column still;
  • 7.5m Jacob Carl finishing still; and
  • 600 litre copper gin still"