The first reports of vodka distillation at Vihula Manor date back to the middle of the 18th century and it became one of the main economic activities of the estate in the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Initially production covered only the needs of the estate itself and three taverns belonging to the estate. Later a large proportion of the vodka was sold to the state.
Already by the turn of the 18th century there existed a stone building at Vihula Manor housing a vodka distillery. This building was enlarged in the 1830s to further expand vodka distillation, giving it the appearance of the present-day three-storey building.
The Vihula Manor vodka distillery remained unchanged at the end of the 19th century, even when it was very common to modernize distilleries. So this distillery is an example of the earlier generation of vodka production and is more archaic than most of the remaining distilleries in Estonia. Unfortunately, the equipment has not survived, although it is quite likely that it was, by and large, similar to typical 19th century distilleries.
The Vodka Distillery is after renovation on the ground floor featuring a Vodka Museum with exhibits related to the history of spirits and of Vodka distillation in Estonia and at Vihula Manor and a Great Hall for degustations, meetings, seminars, coporate and private functions.
Over all three floors are located 27 rooms and suites; 14 superior double/twin rooms, 5 ZEN double/twin rooms, 3 ZEN deluxe rooms and 5 ZEN suites: the von Fock Suite on the ground floor, the Wrangel Suite and the von Stenbock Suite on the first floor, and another 2 spacious ZEN suites, the von Pahlen Suite on the 1st floor and the von Stackelberg Suite on the 2nd floor, both overlooking the Millpond.