Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan,MS for Mid and West Wales, visited award-winning Welsh distillery In the Welsh Wind to taste a Gardd Dewi Sant/Saint David’s Garden cocktail created especially for St David’s Day
During the visit, she learned more about the work the distillery, which is located near Cardigan, is doing to provide work and training opportunities for young people in the area and discussed the impact of both COVID and Brexit on the distillery.
The Minister enjoyed a tour, during which she was able to see the distillery’s innovative green malting process in action. The distillery has developed this method to enable it to work with Welsh barley and keep every element of their whisky production in Wales.
The Minister also learned more about how gin is made in the distillery’s stills, named Meredith and Afanc. Last but not least, before leaving, she tasted a Gardd Dewi Sant cocktail, specially created and incorporating Dewi Sant gin from the distillery’s ‘Eccentric Spirits’ range.
Distillery owner and director Ellen Wakelam said: “We were delighted to be able to show the Minister around the distillery. It is always a pleasure to show people what we’re doing here. It’s a great opportunity for us here in West Wales to tell those in the Welsh Government more about what we’re doing.”
Eluned Morgan said: “I am really inspired by the team at In the Welsh Wind. Establishing a business and growing it and their workforce through a pandemic is a real achievement.
“Small, local businesses are the backbone of our communities in rural Wales and In the Welsh Wind is a perfect example of our ambition to grow our circular economy with a focus on local agriculture, local employment and skills and the production of a high quality product that adds real value to our Welsh economy.”