Prichard’s Opens New Distillery at Fontanel. Fontanel Officially Unveils 4 Star Luxury Boutique Hotel: The Inn at Fontanel
*Grand Opening for both is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18*
Over 500,000 Visit Fontanel Each Year
Nashville, TN (June 16, 2014) – Prichard’s Distillery, the first craft distiller founded in Tennessee in the past 50 years, will celebrate the grand opening of their second distillery on Wednesday, June 18 at Fontanel in Nashville. Prichard’s will host visitors at a log cabin converted to a tasting room and shop on the grounds of Fontanel, the former home of country music legend Barbara Mandrell, and now a museum, hospitality and entertainment destination that welcomes over 500,000 visitors each year. The new Prichard’s production facility is adjacent to the log cabin tasting center and includes a 400-gallon Alembic copper still custom-designed by Vendome Copper and Brassworks in the style of French cognac. It is the first still of its kind in Tennessee.
“Our new facility represents a significant expansion of our current distilling capacity and will allow us to keep pace with demand for our whiskies and rums,” states founder Phil Prichard. “Our Alembic still is an extraordinary piece of equipment made entirely to our specifications to enable us to experiment with a new line of small-batch brandies. It’s a dream come true to be based at the Fontanel Mansion, where visitors can discover so much of the true traditions of Tennessee.”
Established in 1997, Prichard’s is a family-owned business that has enjoyed continuous growth over the past ten years. Five generations ago in 1822, Granddaddy Benjamin Prichard of Davidson County, TN left his still, tubs, utensils and techniques of the craft to his son Enoch. When descendant Phil Prichard opened Prichard’s Distillery in Kelso, TN, he restored a lost art form and produces some of the finest tasting rums and Tennessee Whiskey in America.
The Inn at Fontanel’s official Grand Opening will coincide with Prichards’ event on Wednesday. Originally built as the 2013 Southern Living Idea House, it was transformed into a 4-Star luxury boutique hotel after the conclusion of tours. There are six separate and unique suites guests can choose from in the five-structure estate connected by 2700 sq. ft. of deck and plush patios. The Great Room is the common gathering area for all guests and is connected to the kitchen and dining room, where complimentary breakfast is served form 6AM-10PM.
For more information about the new Prichard’s Distillery at Fontanel including requests for photography and interviews, please contact Helen Gregory, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (718) 403-9473/ cell (646) 621-3559. For more information about The Inn at Fontanel, including requests for photography and interviews, please contact Zan Martin email@example.com or call (615) 876-1822/ cell (615) 330-5622.
About Prichard’s Distillery
Founded by Phil Prichard in 1997, Prichard’s is the first craft distiller founded in Tennessee in the past 50 years. Using many of the same quality ingredients and centuries-old techniques handed down over five generations of the family, Prichard’s crafts the finest Tennessee Whiskeys and rums. Prichard’s Distillery is an award-winning producer of Prichard’s Double Barreled Bourbon, Double Chocolate Bourbon, Tennessee and Rye Whiskeys, Sweet Lucy and Sweet Lucifer Liqueurs, and a comprehensive range of aged, spiced and flavored American Rums. The company owns the original distillery based in Kelso, Tennessee, and a visitor’s center and distillery at the Fontanel Mansion in Nashville equipped with a custom-made Alembic copper still. Prichard’s is exclusively represented by national importer Aveníu Brands, based in Baltimore, Maryland.
Fontanel Mansion, open daily for tours, is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. The home, situated on the 186-acre property is nestled in the rolling hills of the Whites Creek Valley just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville. With the luxurious Inn at Fontanel, the Woods Amphitheater concert series, events and activities at the Pepsi Studio Gallery, the award winning American/Italian kitchen and wine bar at Cafe Fontanella, Prichard’s Distillery, family friendly atmosphere, and activities like Music City Zips and three miles of bike and walking trails, it is easy to see why Fontanel is one of Nashville's premier destinations. For more information or to book a private event, visit www.fontanelmansion.com or call 615/724-1600.