Antica Distilleria Quaglia

Founded in the late 1800’s, four generations of the Quaglia family have guided the business through more than a century of artisan production, modernising it where needed whilst cherishing the older, traditional methods of distilling. The distillery was established just after the Unification of Italy in 1871 between Monferrato and the hills towards Turin.

It was Giuseppe Quaglia, the knight, who first purchased the property and in 1906 built a well for water supply and an industrial-sized boiler to produce vapour. His son Carlo, took over the distillery in 1930 adopting and adapting the familial distilling secrets. His main aim was to improve the efficiency of the bottling department and in so doing, he increased the production capacity substantially, and therefore the need for more employees. The third generation of Distilleria Quaglia (another Giuseppe), began to complement the ‘forward-thinking’ approach of his ancestors with a more traditional stance and methodology; in 1967 he started to produce particularly refined and highly-prized single-variety grappe but insisted they continue using the original stills from 60 years earlier. The great-grandson of the original Giuseppe (another Carlo!) is the most recent to take over the business. His enthusiasm for the exquisite quality of Quaglia products, is evident in his move to enrich the choice of rare, unique creations without ever overlooking the Distillery’s core values of artisanal excellence and the use of high-quality, natural primary products. 

The aroma and flavour of these liqueurs are so intense and so beautifully crafted, they really are a pleasure to taste. However Distilleria Quaglia are as talented at producing grappas as they are liqueurs. The Grappa Classica is a beautiful example from their grappa selection which achieves a delicacy and elegance on the palate, that is both challenging to achieve and rarely seen in a such a powerfully alcoholic spirit. 

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Cocktail Recipe:

Amsterdam Spring
by  Luca Celardo 
Antica Distilleria Quaglia
Piemonte, Italy


50ml By the Dutch Old Genever, 10ml Quaglia Pino Mugo


Basil leaves mashed in the glass, 15ml lemon juice, 5ml simple syrup, top with               soda water

Stirred in the mixing glass and served in tumbler on ice cubes. Finished with orange zest.