Schnapps & liqueurs from South Tyrol
In South Tyrol, producers distil delicious and high-quality schnapps made of pears, apples, apricots, cherries and many other fruits. At international awards such as the “Destillata” award in Vienna, these products from South Tyrol continue to be awarded.
Besides spirits that are typical for the region like apricot brandy, plum brandy and pear brandy, extraordinary creations such as apple-rose hip or juniper are included in the range of the South Tyrolean distilleries too. Also, different grappas – or “Treber” as they are called here – and liqueurs are produced in South Tyrol. The Psenner Distillery, has become one of the biggest producers of pear brandy in Europe and at the same time number 1 in Italy with its original idea of Williams pear brandy famous for the pear in the bottle.
The South Tyrolean farm distilleries stand for the highest quality and large product diversity too. The association has members from all regions in South Tyrol. Their handcrafted distillates are characterised by individuality and purity, produced in small stills.
Some well-known distilleries in South Tyrol
Roner - Liquors, grappas & distillates from South Tyrol
The Roner distilleries in Tramin are standing for a long tradition and exceptional quality.
A world’s first: KIKU Apple Gin
The really special gin is obtained from the distillation of the South Tyrolean KIKU apples from the Dolomites and other botanicals. The South Tyrolean “London Dry Gin” has an exotic taste with crispy and juicy sweetness.
Distillation in South Tyrol – Craft & art
The history of distillation in the Alps had already begun in the Middle Ages; their roots are to be found in the monasteries. From there, the knowledge also came to the rural population. Gottfried Roner had a profitable idea in 1946: He started with distillation. In the middle of the South Tyrolean vineyards, he found perfect geographical conditions for a grappa distillery.
Grappa is one of the oldest noble brandies in South Tyrol. The earlier “farmers’ grappa” or “Treber” reflects the variety in our region. Gottfried also began with the maceration of roots and berries and expanded his offer over the years. Today, the distillery is run by the Roner family in the third generation and is always characterized by a unique quality of fruit distillates.
Williams – King of the fruit distillates
One of the most renowned fruit distillates is, without a doubt, the “Williams”. It is a curiosity too. The crucial question “How does the pear get into the bottle?” has been present since generations.
In the past it was effectively the case that the bottles were hung on trees and that the fruits grew into them. Today the bubble bursts; for hygienic reasons the bottom of the bottle is glued on at the end of production.
And here is another detail: for a bottle of Williams by Roner, 7 kilos of fully ripe Williams Christ pears of the highest quality are processed.