A family calling since 1892
An engaging tale of bold, visionary figure
Andrea, Matteo, Pietro, Pier Liberale and Francesco: these are the men whose passion and dedication has given an unadulterated essence to a sublime product over the years. In 1892, Andrea founded the Distillery in Conegliano. In 1896, Matteo published the first scientifically documented Distillation Manual, which contained his Method. Pietro united the Da Ponte and Fabris families, filling them with love for art and culture. In the early 1950s, Pier Liberale created the first single-varietal grappa made from Prosecco pomace. Meanwhile, Francesco has shown determination to preserve the long-established, close bonds that have always existed between the distillery and nature, tradition, and cutting-edge technology.
Founding of the Andrea Da Ponte Distillery
A magnificent tale of people, culture and tradition.
Andrea Da Ponte founded the distillery in Conegliano in 1892. His family had always been keen on distillation. For example, as well as writing libretti for Mozart, his illustrious relative Lorenzo Da Ponte was one of the first people to open a distillery in Philadelphia. In addition, his brother Matteo famously published the first scientifically documented manual about the art and techniques of distillation.
The ingenious Da Ponte Method
Elevating distillation to a refined art form.
Matteo Da Ponte, Andrea’s brother, put together a Method that marked a turning point in the art of distillation. In his Distillation Manual, as well as providing details of improvements that he had made to stills and new alcohol vapour condensation columns, he illustrated a method that preserved the fragrances and aromas of grapes in every still, thus satisfying and delighting even the most demanding palates.
A new chapter in the story
From the Da Ponte family to the Fabris family
When Bruna Da Ponte (Andrea’s daughter) married Pietro Fabris (who came from noble stock in Cadore), the stories of the two families were intertwined. Pietro brought the love for art and culture that had always been a distinguishing feature of the Fabris family. He was behind an increasing focus on the new art of film, which culminated in the opening of a multiplex dedicated to the director Georges Méliès, and the triumphant success of the Conegliano Academy theatre, which he made into a leading dramaturgical centre in North-Eastern Italy.
The first single-varietal grappa
A great idea that was destined to go down in distillation history
In 1969, Pier Liberale Fabris distilled the first single-varietal grappa made with pomace from the exceptional Prosecco grapes of the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills. He made it even more exquisite by ageing it in barriques from Limousin. Thanks to his intuition, creativity and technical know-how, an exclusive new addition was made to the world of spirits. Known as “Vecchia Grappa da Prosecco”, it was velvety on the palate, irresistible and as pure as the passion that produced it.
The new production facility in Corbanese di Tarz
Embraced by the rolling Conegliano hills
In 1979, the Andrea Da Ponte Distillery moved its production to the Corbanese di Tarzo “valley”, at the foot of the Tarzo hills. This was done not only to provide a larger area for the constantly growing output, but also so that a distillery with a low environmental impact could be built. The new headquarters of the distillery were completed in 1982, when work on the offices was finished.
Environmentally friendly headquarters
Cutting-edge technology to respect tradition and the environment
In 1983, biomass boilers were installed. It was the Andrea Da Ponte Distillery’s first step in the long process of building environmentally friendly headquarters. It was followed by the addition of a heat recovery system in 1986, the construction of a water purification unit and the start of biogas production in 1989, the creation of a fume purification unit in 1994, and the construction of a photovoltaic system in 2009, with 454 polycrystalline silicon panels and power of 110 kWp.
Celebrating the centenary of the Distillery
A limited, numbered selection of bottles of exquisite grappa
In 1992, a total of 4,892 numbered bottles of Gran Riserva Libera Prosecco Grappa were produced to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Andrea Da Ponte Distillery. The authenticity of the bottles was guaranteed by the signature of Francesco Fabris and they were individually packaged in enchanting boxes. All of the experience and tradition of the Da Ponte Method went into these little gems, which highlighted the merit and creativity of all of the people who helped to make Da Ponte Grappa so unique, rich and precious.