THE ART OF DISTILLATION

he best raw materials produced by more than 300 wineries in Friuli are selected throughout the harvest period, with a dedication and care that can only come from love for a territory and deep knowledge of its produce.

Black and white pomace to be conserved respecting precise rules, honed through years of experience, that allow for preservation of the characteristic fragrance – collected fresh, stored in silos, carefully sheltered from the air until the time of their distillation.

Discontinuous copper still

If the processing method is one of the elements that makes the difference, then the plant used and developed by Domenis is already a guarantee – a discontinuous structure, entirely of copper, consisting of 8 direct-steam stills, as perfection demands.

Once the pomace has been loaded into the small boilers, the steam is released and the distillation begins through so-called “cotte” [“cooked material”]. It is a slow and complex process which extracts the best aromas from the raw material and leads them to the distillation column, the heart of a system constructed according to precise parameters and developed in-house with great effort, to the point that some structures and procedures are patented by Domenis.

In the figures: about 3,000 tons of raw material per year are processed to produce about 500,000 bottles of high-quality spirits. The human factor in distillation: technology and the environment matter, but the human factor is no less important. The stills of every distillery are truly unique, diversified and tailored by each individual distiller. So it is also for the company of Cividale.

The master distillers at DOMENIS1898 have their own philosophy, a taste for grappa and a feeling for the production process which are absolutely unique and their guiding principles. Like experienced drivers at the helm of a racing car, they know how to develop their plant because it responds to their guidance (even directly building the parts in-house); they know how to adapt it to the diverse raw materials and even to changing working conditions at any given time.

The sensory profile of a grappa is therefore imprinted by the master distiller, by his passion and the legacy of a tradition and a wisdom passed down with care within the company, where distillers join a panel of tasters that help combine the traditional tastes of each distillate when evaluating flavours, scents and aromatic characteristics according to modern trends in perception.

A new sensitivity to an already refined, very prestigious product with a crescendo of admirers also among young people and women.

SOLO LE MIGLIORI VINACCE

Attenzione ai gusti

La consapevolezza che la grappa sia un prodotto sempre più godibile, estremamente raffinato e di prestigio ma anche piacevolmente conviviale, capace di assumere infinite sfumature aromi e fragranze, ha spinto DOMENIS1898 a prestare un’attenzione costante al consumatore – estimatore o neofito che sia – per avvicinarlo sempre più all’altissima qualità, allo stile e all’equilibrio armonico.

Da sempre DOMENIS1898 ha lavorato con impegno per arricchire la propria produzione con linee di distillati capaci di conquistare e appassionare: come Storica, divenuta ormai un classico intramontabile, Blanc e Neri di Domenis che sa riservare tutte le sensazioni intense e le fragranze tipiche dei vitigni unici (i grandi Cabernet, Sauvignon o Chardonnay, gli autoctoni Refosco, Ribolla Gialla e Schioppettino o il celebre Moscato) e Futura, capace di anticipare le nuove tendenze.

Attenta al gusto, ma anche pronta a rispondere a tutte le esigenze e sensibilità: la distilleria friulana è infatti l’unica azienda in Italia a produrre grappa Kosher – oltre a una linea di distillati e liquori prodotti secondo le norme bibliche e rabbiniche – e si è dedicata con impegno nella collezione Biologica che comprende proposte dal gusto sorprendente come la Grappa alla Ruta e Aghemîl, liquore di grappa al miele.