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Destillerie

Company:
Francois - Hanau Dry Gin
Address:
Salzstraße 28
Place:
63450 Hanau
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Gin
François – Hanau Dry Gin: Gin from the inventor’s home

The origins of gin go back to the 17th century. The story goes that François de le Boë, a Hanau native and pioneer in medical science, first mixed juniper with alcohol and refined the mixture with plant-based ingredients – now known as botanicals. He actually wanted to develop a medicine for stomach complaints, but the great taste rapidly made it such a popular drink that it set out on a trail of success throughout the world, in many different variations.

Rocky Musleh, a well-known event organiser and gastronome, and Lutz Hanus, who runs a successful digital marketing agency, both from Hanau, also have a soft spot for gin. Their idea was to put their own gin on the market. During their research into concocting and producing gin, they came across the story of François de le Boë. With the support of Hanau’s local historian, Martin Hoppe, they were able to confirm this discovery – and this was the initial spark for the production of ‘François’. The gin was developed by their Hessian friend and distiller, Arno Dirker, all the way from their initial vision through the long testing procedure, and finally to the fourth attempt which met their expectations. Their professionalism is made complete with the label designed by renowned designer Lars Contzen. It displays a swan – Hanau’s heraldic symbol – with a juniper twig in its beak. The gin is filled into brown chemist’s bottles because, after all, its inventor was a medical scientist.

At the World Spirits Award, there was silver for François – Hanau Dry Gin.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Silver 85François - Hanau Dry Gin2019Details

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 911542 Original Old Classic2021Details
Gold 91Stone Red2021Details
Silver 89The Original 1542 London Dry Gin Old Oak2021Details
Silver 82Hödl Hof Feuerholz2021Details

Handel

Company:
Wind GmbH
Address:
Schwechatzeile 23
Place:
2514 Traiskirchen
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Rhumerie de Chamarel - Rhumerie de Chamarel – A newcomer with vision

This high-quality rum from the island of Mauritius is produced in line with ecological guidelines. The products are distributed in Austria by the company Wind GmbH, based in Traiskirchen (www.wind-plast.at).

The road leads through extensive pineapple plantations and fields of sugar cane up to the distillery at an altitude of 300 m in the South-West of the island. Designed by a renowned architect, the building is elegant and authentic and a fine example of modern construction with its natural materials such as wood, stone and water. The comprehensive concept also incorporates the L’Alchimiste restaurant where up to 80 guests can savour the sophisticated regional cuisine. At the “Sugar Cane Spirit” boutique, various types of rum are on offer (White Rum, Le Coeur de Chauffe (fine brandy), Rum Paille (stored in wooden casks), Rum Arrange (flavoured with fruits and spices) as well as an exclusive clothing range, hand-made products and a small jewellery collection.

The location and climate of the fertile valley promote the growth and quality of the sugarcane. The sugarcane is harvested by hand in the early hours of the morning and processed at the mill within four hours. The fields are not normally burnt, as is usually the case, to make harvesting easier. Even when distilling at the highest modern levels of technology, nothing is wasted: the bagasse – the fibrous remnants of the sugar production process – is burnt to obtain energy. The chimney contains the very latest smoke filters and the ash is used to fertilise the fields.

The company yet again impressed at the World-Spirits Award, with one gold and four silvers.

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
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