JACOPO POLI GRAPPA

"Since 1898 ...almost 100 years ago. This is a very long time that our family has been totally dedicated to distillation. In the beginning of the century in Italy there were 200,000 functioning stills while today only 113 remain. I ask myself why we haven't disappeared from the market like so many others. Perhaps because quality is always our first concern. Or is it the faithful copper still that we continue to use today? It may be only that we love our craft ...And it could simply be good fortune. One thing remains certain. You above all deserve credit. For an entire century you have appreciated the fruit of our labor." - Jacopo Poli

The Poli family have been operating their distillery for over a century since Jacopo's great grandfather,rTitta, a maker of straw hats by trade yet a lover grappa by passion, built aasmall illegal still on a cart and went door to door distilling the pomace of grapes. They have specialized in the production of the finest grappas and distillates for four generations. The excellent quality of their products is a result of selecting only the best fruit to undergo distillation in a traditional pot still. This gentle process captures the very essence of the fruit. Production only occurs during harvest, from the middle of September to the end of November, when the distillation materials are at their freshest. It is with great passion that the master artisans of the family create unique products which have earned them a world wide reputation for top quality.

Grappa is alchemy' daughterm as ancient as the process of distilling aromatic herbs, this activity was probably born in southern Asia and then traveled to Egypt and Greece until it was apprenticed by the Romans. Distillation spread and Grappa was born and largely appreciated in those Italian regions characterized by colder winters. Tradition speaks of "a hard liquor for strong, poor, earthbound people."

The new wave of grappa, however, tends to be less aggressive, shows more fruit and is altogether more elegant on the palate. The grappas of Jacopo Poli embody this new found elegance. Poli may have, in fact, defined it.