About us

Who We Are

The Newfoundland Distillery Company was founded in 2016 by William Carter and Peter Wilkins with the aim to celebrate the terroir of Newfoundland and create distinctive spirits using local ingredients.

William Carter, a Cordon Bleu trained chef cooked for a wide range of guests in Ottawa for over 20 years, including 3 former US Presidents. He specialized in localised Canadian cuisine and began distilling to preserve fresh local botanicals for use all year long. Peter Wilkins travelled the world investigating different cultural approaches to alcohol for British TV and is an internationally exhibited artist. 

The Newfoundland Distillery is the first craft distillery in Newfoundland which uses locally grown barley as the base spirit for many products. All of our spirits celebrate and focus on the purity of ingredients from the shores of Newfoundland. Juniper and other ingredients are all picked locally, on land or from the sea

Why you sell the items you sell?

In the summer of 2020 we expanded the distillery to meet increased demand. We produce a range of gins, rums, aquavit and vodkas and in the fall of 2020 will lay down whisky.

All of our spirits have won awards –  double gold and silver medals from The San Francisco World Spirit Competition, gold and silver medals at the New York International Spirit Competition, silver medals from Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition and the Best Spiced Rum in Canada for Chaga Rum from the World Rum Awards in 2019. Our Gunpowder & Rose Rum also won Best Spiced Rum in Canada, at the 2020 World Rum Awards.


Some Selected Press:

Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries - Gunpowder and Rose Rum


Gin Magazine - Discovering Ginland.


Bloomberg Businessweek - The Key Ingredient


CBC - Best Rum in Canada


Halifax Chronicle Herald - Craft Distilleries Commit to Home Grown Ingredients


The Telegram - Chaga Rum Wins


Fodor's Travel - 10 Things to buy from Atlantic Canada


The Globe and Mail - Six Must Drink Trends to Explore This Fall


East Coast Living - The Spirit of Industry


Atlas Obscura - A Canadian Spirit Made with Newfoundland's Beloved Bakeapple


Atlas Obscura - The Essence of Eastern Canada's Coastline - Distilled


West Jet Magazine - 5 Food and Restaurant Trends in 2018.


CBC - Jonesing for Juniper.


The Overcast - Cheers to Local Gunpowder and Rose Rum Launched.


CBC National 'Gin made from Newfoundland seaweed winning worldwide awards'


Re:porter 'Getting Into The Spirit'

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The Overcast 'Gin Gin Hooray'

Newfoundland Distillery Takes Home Two Medals Home From San Francisco

VOCM 'Local Seaweed Gin Wins Big at International Competition'


CBC 'Big Win for The Newfoundland Distillery's Seaweed Gin'

Clarke's Beach Company Wins Double Gold

The Telegram 'The Newfoundland Distillery Company'

Products Receive International Award

Difford's Guide. 'For Discerning Drinkers' 

10 Weird and Wonderful Gins from Around the World

NTV Evening News. 'Made Right Here'

NTV Made Right Here

Canada's 100 Best. 'Canada's 100 Best Cocktails':


The Overcast. 'Best Booze at the NLC':


The Telegram. Kenn Oliver. 'The Newfoundland Distillery Launches New Spirit':


The Overcast. Emily Denning. 'Newfoundland Distillery's Aquavit, 40% alcohol, 100% local':


VOCM, Gerry Lynn MacKey. 'The Newfoundland Distillery Launches New Spirit':


CBC, 'Stephanie Kinsella. Distilling on the Rock':


The Chronicle Herald, Colleen Thompson. 'Aquavit Cocktail':


The Overcast, Lauren Power. 'Newfoundland Distillery Producing Home Grown Vodka':


The Western Star, Dianne Crocker. 'Cormack Grown Barley to be used by Clarke's Beach Distillery':


CBC, Stephanie Tobin, 'Cows Won't Get Drunk Too':


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