A Drinks Industry Veteran But a Farmer's Daughter at Heart

Louise and Ruby the Whiskey Dog On Her Family Farm In County Clare 

Louise and Ruby the Whiskey Dog On Her Family Farm In County Clare 

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.