Devon Distillery, established 2013, is a boutique artisan enterprise situated on a farmstead in Dartington. Producing Dappa, Devoncello and SloeD Gin whilst providing a Gin School and Rum School in the heart of South Devon and even a mobile distillery that can travel anywhere in the UK!
Cosmo Caddy, the founder of Devon Distillery, has quality alcohol production in his DNA. Cosmo’s grandfather created Sharpham Vineyard in beautiful South Devon and the first vines were planted in the same year as Cosmo was born.
Being surrounded by and involved with the award-winning quality of Sharpham wines all of his life has given Cosmo a strong foundation on which to launch Devon Distillery.
In 2012, moving back to Devon after living in California, Cosmo spotted the potential to create a new and unique product for the UK. While making a number of research visits to Northern Italy he met, and was mentored by Marco, whose family has a long tradition of being award-winning grappa producers in the area.
Armed now with knowledge and experience of production in Italy, Cosmo was inspired to create a UK version of a drink he had come to love.
So, a little over 30 years after his grandfather planted the first vines at Sharpham, grapes from those vines were being used not only to make the wonderful wines but also the UK’s very first grape-marc-spirit.
Our Own Brands – Dappa & Devoncello
Using a custom-designed, hand-crafted, and authentic Italian copper pot still, our expert distiller produces an after-dinner drink and cocktail tincture of exceptionally high quality. We follow a traditional Italian Grappa recipe and the advice and guidance of seasoned experts from the Veneto region of Italy.
Using the Dappa as the traditional base we have developed our own DEVONCELLO. Devon’s answer to Limoncello.
A very British affair
They may originally be Italian drinks, but Dappa & DEVONCELLO are unmistakably British. Founded by Cosmo Caddy in December 2012, the first vintage of Dappa was completed in October 2013, using the finest grape skins from English vineyards such as Sharpham, Bolney, Three Choirs, Biddenden and others.
We only use British grapes, which would otherwise be wasted during the wine making process. We’re very proud of our Britishness and believe that the drink we produce is unique the world over
DEVONCELLO was launched at Dartington, South Devon on Good Friday 2018.
DAPPA is ideally drunk as a digestif, often with an espresso. Dark chocolate also compliments the flavours in DAPPA. Only carefully selected grape skins from English vineyards are used to make DAPPA, the first spirit of its kind to be made in the UK. Use DAPPA to make cocktails, for some recipe ideas please visit the website
Devon Gin School
Learn to make your own Gin at the Devon Gin School.
Guided by our expert staff for £75 Thursday & £85 Fri, Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays. Take home your own bespoke and unique 35cl Labelled bottle of gin.
1 session at £75 or £85 is for up to 2 people sharing 1 still making 1 x 35cl bottle of gin.
For an extra £15 on the day, you can upgrade to a 70cl bottle or 2 x 35cl bottles.
This is payable on the day at the Gin School
Devon Rum School
Craft Your Own Rum with Cocktails at Devon Rum School.
Uniquely situated, your rum extravaganza will take place within a classic American school bus.
You’ll be greeted with a rum punch cocktail ready for the lead distiller to take you on a journey through the history of rum and the different ways it is made.
Of course, you’ll enjoy tasters as you learn to build a flavour profile from a variety of spices and other botanicals.
During the session, you’ll create your own 70cl bottle of rum, from designing the label right through to deciding when to cut the rum run.
You’ll also have the option to purchase some oak chips if you would like to mature the bottle.
Guided by our expert staff for £100 Friday, Saturday & Sundays. at 2pm. Take home your own handmade unique 70cl Labelled bottle of Rum.
The cost is per still available, for up to 2 people to share the experience per still.
Still on the Move
Mobile, Bespoke & Delicious
YOUR VERY OWN GIN or RUM!
Devon Distillery is pleased to introduce Still on the Move and ‘Ginny’, a 1973 VW Pickup, rescued lovingly restored and put back to work. The result? Still on the Move was born. With this unique vehicle, Still On The Move can travel anywhere in the UK to create your very own bespoke gin, from our beautiful Italian copper still Prosperity”, flavoured with your choice of a variety of spices and botanicals.
She creates unique gins for any event – weddings, corporate events and private parties – as well as ‘house gins & rums’ for bars, pubs and restaurants.
In 2018 we added Mack our unique 4 headed still to our service offering to work alongside “Prosperity” enabling us to create 4 unique gins at a time!
Contract Distilling Your Way
Having your own brand Gin or Rum is a great way to market your business brand and create extra revenue from both on sales & off sales.
We have created unique small batch craft Gins and Rums for Bars, Restaurants, Hotels, Farm Shops, Wine shops & Businesses all over the UK
Working closely with our expert distillers we will help you create you own unique blends.
As part of our Still On the Move service we can create your Gin or Rum on site using our mobile still “Prosperity” which is loaded on the back of you 1973 VW Van “Ginny”. You can have a special Gin creations event to drum up interest.
Alternatively we can create & bottle your Gin or Rum at our Distillery in Devon using our stills “Leonard” & “Dorothy” (below) & safely ship them to you.
Get in touch with us for a chat about your requirements on 01803 812509 or through the green contact button.