Danny studied for an HND in hospitality management before moving to London to serve a management apprenticeship at the famous Café Royal. Despite focusing on the drinks side of the industry, he became the UK’s youngest house manager of a five-star hotel just a few years later, before establishing a wine merchant business in the north of England. He subsequently moved to specialise in importing and distribution, as well as setting up a successful events company and drinks industry consultancy.
He has judged at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Beer Challenge. In 2015, he was decorated by the President of Portugal for his services to Portuguese wine and culture. Along with his brother Pete, he opened the Dyfi Distillery in 2015. Away from this industry, Danny serves as a county coach with Archery GB, and was named their Coach of the Year in 2021.
The Dyfi Distillery was set up in 2015 to produce a bespoke range of artisan gins, with a focus upon local botanical sourcing. It has since become the only distillery in the UK to win the Best British Gin trophy twice, alongside countless other awards. Around 40% of production is now exported, and this is the only distillery in the world to be accredited by the United Nations for its environmental approach.