The Glenmorangie Companyâ€™s Ardbeg Distillery Visitor Centre has been named 'Best Visitor Attraction' at the Whisky Magazineâ€™s Icons of Whisky awards in Glasgow. The Visitor Centre, which remains one of the leading visitor attractions on Islay, already carries a Visit Scotland '4-star' rating and more recently has undergone a significant refurbishment programme during 2008. Glenmorangie Company Chief Executive Paul Neep said: 'This is a prestigious award from one of the leading whisky industry magazines. There is no doubt that passion and pride our people have for their work and brands and the tremendous welcome they deliver for all visiting the Ardbeg Distillery has had a major influence on the decision,' he added.
The Glenmorangie Companyâ€™s unveiled a major two-year investment programme in the summer worth Â£45 million, which will see the Company focus on building its highly successful, premium single malt Scotch whisky brands â€“ Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. The two-year development programme includes the relocation of its headquarters to central Edinburgh, the construction of a new bottling facility and increasing the capacity at the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain and at the Ardbeg Distillery. The company also scooped the prestigious Whisky Magazineâ€™s 'Innovator of the Year' award for three bold new product innovations including Ardbeg Blasda.