Distillato di Prugne Selvatiche

  • Capovilla Distillati
  • Veneto, Italy

Method & Production

Organic damsons, grown without the use of pesticides and fungicides are picked from the hillside vineyards.

To make these fruit distillates, the first step is to put the damsons through a fermentation (spontaneous, using indigenous yeasts) similar to that of winemaking. They then distil this fruit wine twice using a baine-marie method in custom made small copper stills, this distils the fruit wine at a low temperature, very slowly. Though this method is time consuming it extracts the maximum amount of flavours and aromas. The first part of the distillation contains toxic methyl alcohol and the last part of the distillation contains undesirable elements such as seed oils and other unpleasantries. These parts are therefore discarded and what is left is the clean and pure heart of the distillato. The distillates are left to age for a few years before being cut with fresh spring water which reduces the alcohol substantially.

Each bottle is unique, the label handwritten and sealed with a coloured wax, chosen to represent the original fruit. 

Tasting notes

This is a distillato with a powerful fragrance of slightly savoury glycerol aromas of dried prunes and raisins with peppery notes. The complex flavours are intense, expressing dark fruits and spice with warming alcohol and dried peel notes. The finish is beautifully long.