A Drinks Industry Veteran But a Farmer's Daughter at Heart
My name is Louise McGuane and I left my home in Ireland 20 years ago, my subsequent career in the drinks industry took me all over the world and I have been lucky to live and work in New York, Paris, London and Singapore. In those 20 years I worked and learned from some of the best in global multinational drinks companies Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Moet Hennessey. I know the drinks industry inside out and it truly is my passion.
After marrying my husband in 2012 I was soon faced with a tough decision. I was no longer able to leap from country to country every 3 years or travel 80% of the time on business so, I decided to walk away from my global corporate career. I took a little time off and spent it back home in Ireland. During that time I watched my 74 year old father & mother continue to work the farm as they had always done in the knowledge their neither my brother nor I would farm it after they were gone. The Irish have a particular connection to the land and I felt a duty to secure the future of the family farm. I am certainly not the farmer that my father is, so I decided to use my established skill set and so, I founded The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company. After all, Irish Whiskey is ultimately an agricultural product, so why not ensure a future for the farm for the next generation by finishing and ageing whiskey in the very special place.