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Werner, Christine, Franz and Eva Lehner live and work on an old entailed estate. They know from documents that both the building and the family history go back to 1620. Presumably it has been in existence for much longer, although there is no written record. The thinking in terms of generations and the demand for sustainability also determine the type of land usage, which is environmentally friendly, suited to the location and in harmony with nature. Tradition, a close bond with the earth, as well as the courage to innovate have made the vegetable farm a strong partner for gastronomy and food retailing. The enterprise is a member of the “Wasserbauern” association, in order to set targeted measures for preserving water quality.
Production is according to the EUREP-GAP programme. On the one hand it is more costly, on the other it guarantees the best and most reliable food quality. This should be an incentive for the consumer to buy Austrian products. The products flourish on the deep, fruitful earth at the heart of Leonding in Upper Austria. The main products are sweetcorn (since 1986) and pumpkin (since 1999). In addition, there is a wholesale business with all kinds of vegetables, developed from over 50 years of successful cultivation. A trademark of the enterprise has always been specialities and novelties first in vegetable cultivation and later also in trade. The customers include gastronomy, homes and hospitals, where the controlled quality is valued.
At the World Spirits Award, gold was awarded to Roots Sweet Potato Vodka.
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The Leardini family flies the flag when it comes to persisting at keeping old production techniques alive and taking the time to allow nature to take its course. This is neither nostalgia nor fanaticism, but experience and a dash of craziness in the face of an ‘everything now’ mentality in our fast-moving age. For this reason, the traditional, limited-production liqueurs contain neither artificial flavourings nor colours.
Everything began four generations ago, as the young Domenico, a skilled shoemaker, moved away from San Leo in the historical Montefeltro region to try his luck in Switzerland. There he fell in love with a girl with blond plaits, called Barruell. She made sure there was always enough schnapps in the cold workroom, and every now and then she would ‘forget’ a bottle of his favourite liqueur there. The young man only spent one winter in Switzerland, as his family needed him. When he returned to San Leo, he discovered the recipe for the liqueur in his jacket pocket, which Barruell had slipped in when saying goodbye. As an old man, he told his nephews that the liqueur had the fragrance of the girl’s lips. “Call it Barruell”, he said to his son Antonio, and gave him the recipe. After the war, Antonio’s son, Leonardo, decided to try to make a small amount to earn a living – in 1958, he produced 25 litres of alcohol, but things got better and better. Until the age of 87 he dedicated himself to the production of liqueur, and wanted his nephew Mauro to carry on the old tradition which he had followed over 60 years. Mauro complied with his wish and resumed production in the small workshop as his uncle Leonardo had done – and Barruell is still around today ...
The First Class Distillery 2018 received gold for Sambuca, Elixir Espresso Italiano, silver for Ariminum and Eremus, and bronze for Barruell.
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- Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Approximately 33,000 employees are employed worldwide at Diageo, the market leader in premium spirits, with Smirnoff (vodka), Johnnie Walker (whiskey), J&B (Scotch whiskey), Baileys (liqueur), Captain Morgan (rum), Cuervo (tequila) and Tanqueray (gin), Guinness beer and branded wines. Production takes place all around the world: from Great Britain and Ireland, Italy, Spain and Africa, to the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia, India and the Caribbean. The global corporation emerged in 1997 from the merger between Guinness and GrandMet. 180 markets around the world are handled from its London headquarters.
A lot of work and lots of attention to detail go into creating the in-depth product descriptions on Diageo’s website. Information and analysis is provided about issues ranging from detailed descriptions of the production down to the most minute ingredients. Finally, they are aware of the size of their company and also of their responsibilities as a supplier of alcoholic products. The name Diageo was also deliberately chosen – it represents their agenda. Put together from ‘dia’ (the Latin word for ‘day’) and ‘geo’ (the Greek word for ‘world’), it means that every day people are celebrating all over the world with products from their company. These products open up possibilities never dreamed of for special days and nights, marking special life events and even making the smaller things in life feel magical.
Participation in the World Spirits Award was magical: there was double gold for Tanqueray No. 10 (Spirit of the Year 2016), gold for Gordon’s London Dry Gin and Tanqueray London Dry Gin, as well as silver for Tanqueray Rangpur.
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- Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Alexander Kayser and Christopher Schuh are true gin lovers and founders of the brand LA SU Gin – a registered brand of Expo Outline Messebau und Event GmbH in Altenstadt, with Alexander Kayser as the managing partner.
After exploring many trains of thought, it was clear to both of them that it had to be exotic. LA SU Gin is a premium handcrafted gin with a hint of fruity mango. Distilled in small batches, traditionally and without additives, it is made in one of the oldest distilleries in Europe. The mango gives it a special freshness and balances the tart notes of the spices perfectly. Next to the mango, LA SU evokes a sense of travel. Enjoy a holiday feeling and discover new taste sensations. The elaborate bottle design reflects a love of detail and certainly leaves an impression.
At the World Spirits Award, bronze was achieved by LA SU *MGO* Natural Mango.
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