THE ISLE OF WIGHT DISTILLERY
Founded by Xavier Baker & Conrad Gauntlett in 2014, the Isle of Wight Distillery is the island’s first and only distillery and the home of Mermaid Gin. Rooted in the natural landscape of a unique island, our small team distil spirits shaped by our stunning surroundings and the unique character of our island. Doing things differently, minimising waste and using ethically sourced and often local ingredients to craft a range of smooth, complex spirits.
A PASSION PROJECT
BRINGING A HINT OF SEA AIR
With a wealth of knowledge in brewing and winemaking, Xavier and Conrad set about combining their experience to embark on a passion project, hand-crafted spirits, made on the island, using wild-foraged and ethically sourced ingredients. Since the Distillery was founded in 2014, Mermaid Gin and its varieties have made their way across the country as well as adventuring overseas, bringing a hint of ocean air to gin lovers across the globe.
As part of our commitment to sustainability, conservation and a circular economy, we’re proactive in helping to protect our island’s marine environment. We’ve adopted a progressive and sustainable approach - gradually eliminating plastic from our packaging and supply chains while using biodegradable materials wherever possible. We’re on a continuous journey to improve every step in our process to minimise our impact on the environment.
Inspired by our island setting, we use ethically sourced and natural ingredients wild-foraged from the island’s shores. Rock Samphire is foraged from our shoreline, Boadicea hops are harvested from Ventnor Botanic Gardens and elderflower is handpicked from local fields, while our strawberries are grown in the lush and sun-soaked Arreton Valley.
OUR DISTILLING PROCESS
Slow distillation and local, sustainably sourced ingredients combine to craft a pure and perfectly blended range of spirits. Working with column stills, the distillation process is tightly controlled, capturing only the ‘hearts’ of each batch – the sweet spot of any distillation – for our signature smooth delivery.