A Russian booze mogul just bought Scotland’s most expensive sporting estate

The Tulchan Estate on Speyside, otherwise known as Scotland’s most expensive sporting estate, may soon start serving up vodka instead of Scotch.

The 21,000-acre estate has just been bought by a Russian billionaire Yuri Schefler, reports The Telegraph. Schefler owns SPI Group, which produces and sells alcohol under 380 brands in 160 countries.

The estate — which hit the market last summer for £25 million (roughly $31 million) — lies on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands. It comes with a whole host of accommodation options, from a cosy two-bedroom holiday cottage to Tulchan Lodge, an Edwardian shooting lodge that sleeps 26 and has, in the past, hosted politicians, princes and kings.

“The company has been bought by a company for the principal benefit of Mr Yuri Schefler of Russia, who is well known to the estate having been a regular visitor in the past,” a spokesman for Savills told The Telegraph. “It is understood that the new owner of TSEL will continue to operate the estate as a business.”

[The Telegraph]