“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

Papillon Dartmoor Distillery

Distillery Dartmoor


We create our award winning gins in small batches using a copper still at our distillery in Moretonhampstead, within the stunning environment of Dartmoor National Park.

As well as traditional gin botanicals we use ‘Dartmoor flavours’; fresh gorse flowers from the moor, rowan and hawthorn berries, chamomile, nettles, navelwort and Devon violets.

Each batch is made with fresh spring water from a nearby hill farm where Pearl Bordered Fritillaries frequent. Papillon is named after this species, a threatened Dartmoor butterfly that feeds on wild violets. We donate 1% from every bottle sold to a local Butterfly Conservation project that protects this species.

Alongside a keen interest in conservation, we try to keep our business and products as environmentally sensitive as possible.

We think our gins are best enjoyed on a summer’s evening, sat on a granite tor as the sun goes down.

Nectar for both the gin drinker and the butterfly!

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Our Awards

  • Food & Drink Gold 2020/21
  • Taste of the West Gold 2021
  • Taste of the West Finalist 2020
  • Food & Drink Gold 2019/20
  • Taste of the West Champion 2019
  • IWSC Gold 2019

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