Who we are

Founded in 2002, Sloemotion is an artisan spirits distillery based at Green Farm, in the village of Barton-le-Willows, just north of York and nearby to the market town of Malton, Yorkshire’s food capital.

Jonathan Curtoys (Joff) established the business with North Yorkshire farming neighbours back in 2002.  Together, they had been proactive in returning tracts of the farm to wildlife habitats. Before long, large amounts of sloes (the fruit of the blackthorn) began to fruit in abundance. To Joff and his neighbours, who had all grown up drinking home-made Sloe Gin, an idea began to take shape and Sloemotion was born.

While their neighbours wanted to pursue other farming ideas, Joff decided to take on the embryonic business and has, with his brother Julian and the Sloemotion team, developed and expanded the business. Fourteen years on today they have created their three innovative brands; Sloemotion Liqueurs, Hedgerow Spirits and Finders Spirits.

An award winning range of liqueurs, all made in the traditional way, by steeping hand-picked fruit in spirits.

Hedgerow Spirits – a range of spirits distilled using locally foraged hedgerow botanicals; launched in 2017.

Finders Spirits – a range of spirits, including rum, gin & vodka, with bold and unmistakable flavours; launched in 2020.

With Joff’s background as a trained conservationist and then policy advisor on agricultural issues for the RSPB, the ethos and background of Sloemotion is one of respect for the environment. His passion for wildlife conservation and the environment is ever at the heart of each decision made at the Sloemotion distillery. They combine this ethos with great taste and a strong aesthetic in each of their brands, bringing craft distilling into the 21st century.