The growing cluster of outdoor attractions around High Bridge State Park and the Appomattox River near Farmville will soon add a Virginia-focused craft distillery to its roster of amenities.
The Sandy River Distillery will be part of the popular Sandy River Outdoor Adventures Resort, which offers bike and kayak rentals, tree climbing courses, ziplines, as well as glamping tents and cabin rentals. This project will result in the creation of ten new jobs, more than $500,000 in new investment, and the purchase of more than 20 tons of Virginia-grown corn, berries, and rye.
An 1840s log cabin moved from nearby Prospect was rebuilt on site to serve as the farm’s distillery tasting room.
“Today’s new announcement focused on agriculture and tourism shows that the entrepreneurial spirit in Virginia continues to grow,” Governor Glenn Youngkin said. “The Sandy River Distillery gives our residents and visitors yet another reason to get out and experience all that the Commonwealth has to offer.”
The Sandy River Distillery will produce a line of grain-to-glass whiskey and gin that pays homage to Virginia’s distilled spirits traditions, in addition to a line of specialty canned cocktails. The company plans to source as many ingredients as possible from Prince Edward County, including berries grown on the Sandy River farm.
All whiskeys will be made from Virginia-grown grain and aged in new white oak barrels produced by Speyside Bourbon Cooperage in Atkins.
The craft distillery will complement the many other tourism-related businesses that have developed in the area since the opening of High Bridge Trail State Park in 2008.
“This project is a great example of the strong connection that Virginia’s burgeoning craft beverage industry is establishing between this state’s two largest industries, agriculture and tourism,” said the Secretary of Agriculture and at Matthew Lohr Forests. “I thank Sandy River Distillery for their commitment to sourcing in Virginia and I am thrilled that we can partner with Prince Edward County for their first-ever AFID award to help create new jobs, investment and opportunity. market for our farmers in this part of rural Virginia.
“Virginia is the birthplace of American spirits and has quickly become a destination of choice for spirits lovers across the country and around the world,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “Sandy River Distillery is a welcome and exciting addition to an already thriving and diverse region, as travelers can now sample fine Virginia spirits after experiencing world-class outdoor recreation offerings and unique accommodation options. Moreover, the success of cross-industry collaboration and the anticipated economic impact are further testaments to the power of partnership. The addition of the Sandy River Distillery provides an inviting opportunity for Virginians and travelers to discover why Virginia is for spirits lovers.
“Through our unique destination and blend of old and new techniques and materials, we seek to honor the history of Virginia farmers, traditional craft distilling, and tell the story of who we are today,” said Sandy River Distillery owner Mark Smith. “We hope that our distillery can be a bridge between the farmers of our region and the many residents and visitors to our community, and that through our use of local ingredients and our commitment to producing only whiskeys and spirits from highest quality, together we distill Pure Adventure.”
“On behalf of the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors, I would like to congratulate Mark and Candace Smith and the Sandy River Distillery,” said Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dr. Odessa Pride. “This project represents a significant investment in Prince Edward and continues our efforts to diversify our local economy by adding to the local attractions we have to offer. Prince Edward County is proud to partner with the Commonwealth of Virginia in securing an AFID grant for this project, creating jobs and capital investment while supporting our local farming community.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services worked with Prince Edward County and Sandy River Distillery, Inc. to secure this project for Virginia with a $25,000 grant from the Agricultural Industries Development Fund and Governor’s Forestry, which Prince Edward County will match with local funds. This is Prince Edward County’s first-ever AFID Facility Grant, an economic development tool to help communities support new and expanding agriculture and forestry businesses.
“Since the opening of High Bridge Trail State Park in 2008, there has been a wave of development in this area of Prince Edward County,” said State Senator Mark Peake. “With the announcement of the Sandy River Distillery, it will complement the many other attractions that have developed around the park, meaning that guests who come to enjoy the beauty of the park have many options to choose from to cheer them on. to spend more time in our beautiful section of the Commonwealth.”
“Welcoming Sandy River Distillery to the 60th House District is a win-win situation for everyone involved,” Del said. James Edmunds. “In addition to the jobs and direct economic development the distillery will bring, I am thrilled that they are purchasing Virginia’s own produce such as corn, berries and rye. This will help ensure that local farmers and growers continue to succeed. “