Company Profile

Premium Spirits Micro-Manufacturer

The Midlands Distillery (PTY) LTD is a micro-manufacturer of spirits, producing under 2 million litres of 96.4% ethanol per annum.
We take pride in continually working to develop innovative and unique spirit brands to fill the gaps within both the local and global markets. This is critical in ensuring growth within a highly competitive sphere.
We consider ourselves an adaptable company with immense determination, a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and a firm desire to continually improve on our performance year on year.

A Brief History

Angelo Wilkie-Page founded the Midlands Distillery in December 2016. After having attended several distilling courses, as well as extensive market research, Angelo saw the opportunity to manufacture premium craft spirits in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

The Midlands is an area rich in spring water, an abundance of raw agricultural materials used in the distillation process (such as sugar cane and maize), as well as botanicals used in the distillation of Gin.

The business started from incredibly humble beginnings and now stands as a state-of-the-art micro-distillery offering contract distilling services, as well as producing bespoke house spirit across all categories: Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Spirit Aperitifs, as well as RTD’s.

In 2020 the Midlands Distillery launched a distribution arm of the business, in order to offer all contract distilling clients much needed sales / distribution services.

A Brief History

Angelo Wilkie-Page founded the Midlands Distillery in December 2016. After having attended several distilling courses, as well as extensive market research, Angelo saw the opportunity to manufacture premium craft spirits in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

The Midlands is an area rich in spring water, an abundance of raw agricultural materials used in the distillation process (such as sugar cane and maize), as well as botanicals used in the distillation of Gin.

The business started from incredibly humble beginnings and now stands as a state-of-the-art micro-distillery offering contract distilling services, as well as producing bespoke house spirit across all categories: Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Spirit Aperitifs, as well as RTD’s.

In 2020 the Midlands Distillery launched a distribution arm of the business, in order to offer all contract distilling clients much needed sales / distribution services.

Our Mission

We are passionate about creating a diverse range of premium African spirits, to be enjoyed both locally and globally, with the goal of establishing competitive export partnerships. The Midlands Distillery aims to become the largest exporter of premium craft spirits in Africa.

As an innovative distillery we pride ourselves in working sustainably, and aim for zero-waste throughout the production process. We aim to have our production operation running entirely off-the-grid by 2025.

Our Vision

To build a dynamic, disruptive and successful micro-manufacturing distillery that does not compromise on quality or passion behind its various product lines.

We aim to target developed markets with our premium African spirit brands, focusing on bespoke and luxury lines for the export markets, while targeting emerging markets with mainstream spirit brands at affordable price points.

We endeavour to remain adaptable in the ever-changing liquor industry, as well as to continue to uphold our reputation for creating premium craft sprits, both for our house brands, as well as for our contract distilling sector.
We envision producing well recognised international brands – Having the reward of seeing these brands mature from concept into well established brands. We endeavour to become one of the most recognised premium distilleries on the African continent, manufacturing proudly South African spirit brands.

Our Vision

To build a dynamic, disruptive and successful micro-manufacturing distillery that does not compromise on quality or passion behind its various product lines.

We aim to target developed markets with our premium African spirit brands, focusing on bespoke and luxury lines for the export markets, while targeting emerging markets with mainstream spirit brands at affordable price points.

We endeavour to remain adaptable in the ever-changing liquor industry, as well as to continue to uphold our reputation for creating premium craft sprits, both for our house brands, as well as for our contract distilling sector.
We envision producing well recognised international brands – Having the reward of seeing these brands mature from concept into well established brands. We endeavour to become one of the most recognised premium distilleries on the African continent, manufacturing proudly South African spirit brands.

Our Purpose

The Midlands Distillery’s purpose is to ensure quality as an integral part of the production process.

As contract distillers, we aim to aid our clients in creating the best possible brand in its respective category, at the most cost effective price in order for the brand to have longevity in the highly competitive market place and above all be profitable, without compromising on the products quality. The Midlands Distillery takes pride and enjoyment in working closely with our clients to build lasting relationships.

Our Core Values

At the core of our business is our distillery team members, and our clients. We believe in full transparency and openness to share market information in order to give our clients and their brands the best opportunity to succeed in this competitive market place. We pride ourselves in our teams ability to both build and maintain successful and lasting relationships with our current clients, as well as our valued suppliers.

All members of the Midlands Distillery conduct themselves in an ethical manner and adhere to the rules and regulations set out by KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority and SARS. We provide a platform that allows for experimentation for our staff, in order to encourage them to keep pushing the boundaries in their various job roles. This supportive and innovative working environment has proven beneficial to the overall growth of the business to date.

Our Core Values

At the core of our business is our distillery team members, and our clients. We believe in full transparency and openness to share market information in order to give our clients and their brands the best opportunity to succeed in this competitive market place. We pride ourselves in our teams ability to both build and maintain successful and lasting relationships with our current clients, as well as our valued suppliers.

All members of the Midlands Distillery conduct themselves in an ethical manner and adhere to the rules and regulations set out by KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority and SARS. We provide a platform that allows for experimentation for our staff, in order to encourage them to keep pushing the boundaries in their various job roles. This supportive and innovative working environment has proven beneficial to the overall growth of the business to date.

Our Team

Angelo Wilkie-Page

Managing Director & Master Distiller

Lauren Wilkie-Page

Financial Director

Bruce Peattie

Sales Director

Robert Earl

Board Member

Sheldon Els

Production Manager

Our Customers