The best fruit spirits start with great
fruit. Clean, and as ripe as possible. With fruits such as pears
or apples, we check each one for quality. Cherries and berries are
Next, the fruit is mashed in a hammermill and pumped into 1500-gallon stainless steel tanks, where we add select winemakers' yeast for fermentation.
After two or three weeks, when all the natural sugars have fermented into alcohol, small batches of mash are pumped into our still. With heat, the alcohols begin to vaporize and the distillate runs at 60-80% alcohol, or 120-160 proof.
Though alcohol is produced continuously during the distillation process, we use only the middle run, called the "hearts." Click here for more detail on making eau-de-vie