About Our Distillery
Located at the “Crossroads for the Future” in Statesville, North Carolina, Southern Distilling Company embraces the spirit of America’s boundlessly innovative craft distilling industry. It’s been over a century since the city of Statesville was touted as the “liquor capital of the world” in the 1880s. Prior to Prohibition, the city was widely known for the production of high quality whiskeys and brandies. Hundreds of local farm distilleries and some of the largest spirits wholesalers in the East called Statesville home.
From a dream conceived on a family farm, Southern Distilling Company was founded by Pete and Vienna Barger in 2013 as a way to tap into home and heritage… and revive the legacy of these deep distilling roots. The company aims to provide the highest quality distilled spirits available to both the local region and customers worldwide who desire a sense of truth and place in the drinks they enjoy.
Today, an impressive, modern two-story glass-fronted destination distillery houses an innovative, state-of-the-art craft distillery in 25,000 square feet, sited on 20 comfortable acres of agricultural farmland and old growth hardwood trees. At 40 feet high, the tallest stainless steel and copper column still system in North Carolina is found inside the glass-enclosed production area, along with a copper pot still system for handcrafted small batch and limited edition products. Some of the Carolina’s tastiest high quality bourbon, rye whiskey, brandies and other tasty products flow through our exclusive custom-designed “Double Barrel” spirit safe before being bottled by hand onsite.
We pride ourselves in working with local farmers to support our agricultural community and look forward to serving you the most delicious spirits around! We are conveniently located in close proximity to the many Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek area wineries and are only a 1-2 hour drive from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Asheville, and the Virginia state line. Visitors to the distillery will find easy access from Interstate-77, off Exit 54, just north of Interstate-40. Whatever point you’re traveling from on the compass, be sure to catch sight of our gleaming copper still through our rooftop “dog house”, as well as our massive 4,000 gallon shiny dimpled stainless steel fermentation tanks through the front glass while heading down I-77. You can’t miss us! We welcome you to come in, say hey, take a tour and then carry home a bottle of the best darn bourbon or rye whiskey around!
In addition to our tours and tastings, we also offer other contract distilling services such as private label production, barrel storage and warehousing, and co-packaging services for spirits brand owners, wholesalers and retailers. The distillery tasting room and conference room & lounge suite are also available for rental as destination event spaces for corporate meetings and special occasions. We would love to host your next business meeting…or your next wedding or birthday gala!