The world famous Glenfiddich distillery isn't just the birthplace of the best known 'brand' of single malt whisky. With a production capacity of more than 10,000,000 litres of alcohol per year 'Fiddich is 'the giant ' of the industry. William Grant also owns the Balvenie and Kininvie distilleries, as well as the recently opened Ailsa Bay. The distillery is located in the bustling town of Dufftown in the heart of Banffshire. Other distilleries in the immediate area are its sister distilleries Balvenie and Kininvie, as well as Convalmore, Dufftown, Glendullan, Mortlach and Pittyvaich. Wow, the town runs on whisky! The massive international success of the Glenfiddich brand over the years proves that the main ingredient of malt whisky is marketing. The Glenfiddich distillery was founded in 1886-1887 by the both the company (and family that still owns it); William Grant. When William Grant & Sons first started production at Glenfiddich they didn't use purpose built materia. The old stills from Cardow distillery - nowadays known as Cardhu- were considered good enough at the time. At the time of the big whisky 'boom' of the late 19ty century they operated as Glenfiddich Distillery Co.