Appleton Estate is the oldest sugar plantation and distillery in Jamaica. Its sugar fields cover 11,000 acres of the Nassau Valley, located in the parish of Saint Elizabeth, and has been in operation since 1749. The distillery was bought by J. Wray & Nephew in 1916, which since 2012 has become a subsidiary of the global drinks giant, Campari Group. It operates five double retort stills alongside a column still and generally produces single blended rums by vatting the two distillates. In 1997, Appleton Estate became the first distillery in the entire spirits industry to employ a female master blender, Joy Spence.