From October 26, The New Zealand Whisky Collection will be using PledgeMe to raise up to $2,000,000 to fit out a distillery and expand production in a new bonded warehouse. The funds will also be used to develop a Cellar Door Whisky Tasting Experience in Oamaru’s historic Victorian Precinct. Shares are $1 with a minimum $500 investment.

“The team and I have been working on creating a sustainable business to take New Zealand’s place as one of the world’s great whisky-producing countries, and we’re confident Otago is the perfect place to do it,” said general manager Grant Finn. “The stills are on the water, due to arrive in November 2018 and we plan to have our first production before Christmas. We’re looking forward to announcing our new distillery and location in the very near future once we have received final sign off on our premises.”

There are three share packages. Each package offers shares, an invitation to the AGM and an exclusive Open Day. Non-voting investments from $500 – $2,999 come with a 10 percent VIP discount card and a complimentary duo tasting set. The second tier from $3,000 - $39,999 is also non-voting and comes with a 15 percent VIP discount and three duo tasting sets. Investments over $40,000 receive full voting rights, a 20 percent discount, five duo tasting sets, and the opportunity to have venue hire fees waived to host one event per year at the distillery.