The award-winning Bertagnolli Distillery is located on the slopes of the Brenta Dolomites - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, immersed in the vineyards of the Piana Rotaliana, a land described by Goethe as "the most beautiful vine-growing garden in Europe", suited for viticulture thanks to a great variety of historically recognised terroirs, and home to excellent wines and grappas. Since 1870, Bertagnolli has been the oldest family distillery in Trentino: its foundation, in fact, dates back to when the noblewoman Giulia de Kreutzenberg, a wealthy landowner of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and owner of one of the largest farms in the Piana Rotaliana, married a manager of the Cotonifici di Bolzano, the learned Edoardo Bertagnolli, a descendant of a family of pharmacists. From this union of prosperity and culture, alchemy and viticulture, the Bertagnolli "grappa-makers" dynasty was born. In a short time Bertagnolli became one of the most prestigious companies of the time, becoming a supplier to the Hapsburg Imperial Household in 1886, and collecting prestigious awards on an international scale - the oldest medal dates back to 1872.
The precious legacy of the ancestors was subsequently picked up by the descendants who, with unchanged passion, skill and constant innovative spirit, continued to run this historic distillery which, using discontinuous copper stills with bain-marie fed by steam, has always specialised in the production of Trentino grappas and distillates, certified and multi-awarded at the most authoritative international competitions thanks to their unmistakable quality. In the second half of the 20th century, a series of important moments marked the development and evolution of the company in terms of process innovation.
In 1949, Franco and Mario Bertagnolli introduced the "Colonna Zadra", designed and built by Tullio Zadra, an artisan from the Trentino region of Trento, and still used today: an innovative instrument for the selection and concentration of alcohols which, thanks to a delicate heating process, maintains intact and enhances the flavours and aromas of the original marc.
The Bertagnolli family is today the ambassador of the "culture of distillate": Livia Bertagnolli, former Councillor of the Associazione Donne della Grappa, and Beppe Bertagnolli, past president of the Istituto Tutela Grappa del Trentino, with pride and ambition transmit to the world the ancient tradition of this Trentino grappa, noble by birth and aristocratic in taste, characterised by enchanting softness and unmistakable fragrance, with a character as unique and authentic as the territory where it is born.
The Bertagnolli family has a long and significant history behind it, many successes have been achieved and the energy that they infuse every day to continue to make the most Italian of spirits shine in the firmament. Since 1870 it has become a symbol of Italian wine and food culture on the tables of the five continents.
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