The Traditional Production Of Grappa…

A traditional product of Italy, grappa was originally produced only in the San Marino area. The process of distilling grappa has a long and proud history. With a distilling method similar to that of brandy, grappa is produced from pomace – a mulch of grape skins, seeds, stems and pulp that’s left over following the winemaking process. It’s the process of distilling grappa that originally led to its production being limited to a few select areas of Italy.

Grappa is created by boiling pomace to evaporate the water content. Following this, it’s distilled, and the seeds and stems that are part of the pomace are boiled in sugar rice juices. This is a unique process to grappa distillation. Most distillation results in the production of ethanol, however, grappa creates a tiny amount of methanol, which (comparatively speaking) is more of a health hazard.

Methanol is completely harmless provided it’s removed very carefully by professionals who completely understand the process. As a result, Italy regulated the production of grappa to ensure it was always produced safely, and passed a law ensuring all companies producing red wine could only sell their pomace to licensed producers of grappa. This effectively ensured the production of unregulated grappa (moonshine) is extremely rare.

The Exportation Of Grappa…

The limitation of grappa production resulted in certain distilleries (such as Bepi Tosolini, Jacopo Poli, Bocchino, Brotto, Nardini, Domenis, Berta, Villa de Varda, and Sibona) becoming renowned for their production of extremely high-quality grape-marc-spirit. The restricted nature of grappa led to a high demand in areas incapable of producing their own, and a thriving export business to other areas of Italy, and the rest of the world.

Worldwide Production Of Grappa…

In recent years the production of grappa has become more widespread. The presence of so many Italian immigrants in South America led to its production there, and in other areas where the traditional distilling methods were carried due to Italian immigrants.

Just as grappa is traditionally used as a remedy for soothing colds and sore throats in Italy, so too is it used elsewhere in the world, making it a particularly popular drink in winter. Uruguay and Argentina have a particularly widespread production of grappa. It’s called grappamiel in Uruguay, where the addition of honey to the traditional brewing process adds a bit of a local twist to grappa.

Grappa Production In Britain…

Devon Distillery is proud to have the distinction of being the first distillery in Britain to produce grappa. Here we use the traditional Italian techniques and the finest pomace Britain has to offer to create delicious Dappa: high-quality grappa produced at home in Devon. Our unique blend is distilled by hand using a copper pot, and home-grown grape pomace, which creates a fine tasting, crisp, clean, and grassy flavour, carrying tantalising hints of berries and the natural, earthy tones of England.

It’s the perfect accompaniment to an after dinner coffee and a few cheeky chocolates. Grab yourself a bottle, and let us know what you think of England’s answer to grappa.