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Destillerie

Company:
Hödl Hof Fruchtdestillerie und Spirituosen GmbH
Address:
Stubenberg 21
Place:
8223 Floing
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Obst-Brände
  • Rum
  • Wodka
  • Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
Hödl Hof: Quality for generations since 1542

Alfred Dunst has been running the family business since 1993. His greatest passion is product development. “For me, the skill of distillation is an art form when it is carried out with experience and love. Inspiration is offered by nature that surrounds us. We see it as our duty to only produce our specialities with natural, high-quality ingredients that are carefully selected. We want to provide our customers with the same pleasure in drinking it as we have in making it,” he says.

45 hectares of organically farmed orchards and woodlands provide the raw materials for distillation, wood for heating, as well as for some of the storage barrels and, in addition, ingredients for the products, such as fir tips, wild fruit, mushrooms, roots, etc. Soft water with a low mineral content comes from their own spring in the protected area of the Rabenwaldkogel. Double distillation is carried out in copper vats following an old Styrian tradition. Only the ‘heart’ is extracted and matured in wood, glass or stainless steel.

As a special customer service, the product range is also available in 20 ml bottles. So it is possible to get an idea of the whole range or organise a tasting at home. For over 25 years, an informative schnapps trail has led through the orchards and woodlands, informing visitors about the various fruits, and the manufacture and storage of the products.

The World Class Distillery 2021 (Distillery of the Year 2021 – Bronze) received double gold for Stone Vodka (Spirit of the Year 2021), gold for Stone Red, The Original 1542 Old Classic, Troad Single Cask, Blended Single Malt Whisky and Stone Oak Vodka, and silver for The Original 1542 London Dry Gin Old Oak and Hödl Hof Feuerholz.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Double-Gold 95.3Stone Vodka2021Details
Gold 95STONE Oak2021Details
Gold 94.7Troad Single Cask 0012021Details
Gold 93.3Troad Styrian Malt2021Details
Gold 91Stone Red2021Details
Gold 911542 Original Old Classic2021Details
Silver 89The Original 1542 London Dry Gin Old Oak2021Details
Silver 82Hödl Hof Feuerholz2021Details

Destillerie

Company:
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Address:
87-91 Beacon Road
Place:
North Tamborine Queensland
Country:
Australia
Products:
  • Whisky Allgemein
  • Wodka
Tamborine Mountain Distillery – Original from the original

Visitors to the distillery owned by Michael and Alla Ward can explore this colourful and perhaps somewhat crazy world. The couple moved from Tasmania to Queensland in 1992 where they purchased 1.3 hectares of land in the backcountry of the Gold Coast, fascinated by the diversity of fruit growing here. Since they didn’t use any chemical sprays, the harvested fruits did not correspond to market requirements. So what to do with the large volume of fruit produced? Soon the solution was found: ferment and distil it!

Australia’s smallest pot still distillery has since achieved fame across the world: in Europe as well as the USA and Asia. The manufacture offers a very diverse programme of dozens of products: imaginative liqueur creations, fruit brandies, absinthe, aquavit, bitter, gin, grappa, pastis, rum, vodka and much more. Word of mouth and a media presence have ensured that the small yet refined company has become widely renowned, winning hundreds of international rewards.

Three ingredients determine the success of these sparkling personalities of the spirits world (in addition to passion and zest for life, of course): red volcanic soil, opulent fruits and fresh spring water. The distillation is carried out through the traditional method in small copper stills – with a small degree of technical improvisation. The equipment used is unique: the bottles are imported from Italy and France and hand-painted by Alla Ward. Her Russian background is reflected in this colourful artwork which combines to form a striking puzzle on the well-stacked shelves.

Some new products were presented at the World Spirits Award from the company’s colourful range and with great success: there was gold for the aquavit, silver for the Slivovitz (damson) and Bucku Whisky Liqueur, and bronze for the grappa.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 91.3Aquavit2014Details
Silver 88Bucku Whisky Liqueur2014Details
Silver 88Slivovitz2014Details
Bronze 79Grappa2014Details

Handel

Company:
Franz von Durst
Address:
Schedlerstraße 1
Place:
6900 Bregenz
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Limomacher: Regionally produced – socially labelled

Limomacher is a young Bregenz enterprise, according to their own definition “excellent in graphics, design, customer service, lemonade production, social involvement and coffee drinking”. However, a look at the brief biographies of the four-person team reveals quite a bit about their wide-ranging qualifications. All lemonades are produced regionally in Vorarlberg according to their own recipes. Short pathways right up until labelling – also labels for private customers and companies on request – reinforce sustainability, along with filling exclusively in glass bottles. The labelling, as well as the whole warehousing, are handled by Lebenshilfe Vorarlberg, a support organisation for people with disabilities. This is an indication that social thinking has been of great importance from the beginning.

At the beginning of 2018, the ‘Franz von Durst’ brand started in Spar shops, followed by the start-up shelf at Metro. The company developed a gin along with a tonic water for this purpose, as the first manufacturer in retailing that offers both as a one-stop shop. The gin that is also regionally produced goes perfectly with the tonic water and its animating and aromatic concept offers an exceptionally fruity drinking experience. Aside from the juniper base, five further botanicals play a role: angelica root provides a slight tanginess and supports the homogenous taste; orange peel is characterised by a range of aromatic substances and a fine hint of citrus; liquorice provides a complex sweetness with a slightly earthy note; elderberry has an intensive and refreshing taste; and hops gives it a special something.

“We are delighted that the Vorarlberg locals have received our gin so well and that we can expand step by step also into other provinces,” say the two young entrepreneurs.

At the World Spirits Award, gold was achieved by Franz von Durst Gin, and silver by Franz von Durst Dry Gin Wild.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 91Franz von Durst - Gin2021Details
Silver 89Franz von Durst - Dry Gin Wild2021Details

Handel

Company:
Kanonikus Xantener Dom Destillerie GmbH
Address:
Hubert-Underberg-Allee 1
Place:
47493 Rheinberg
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Destillerie
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 86Kanonikus2012Details
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