Meet the Distiller
The Art & Science Behind the Spirit
Edelbrand vinars is a dry, unaged spirit made from 100% fruit selected at peak of flavor. Its closest relatives are eaux de vie, grappa, and European schnaps. The word edelbrand means the finest or purest of brandies, and that is what we strive to create in each bottle of Edelbrand vinars.
Open a bottle of our vinars and the aroma that greets you is the result of a process started many months before. Each bottle offers a distinctive tasting experience, beginning with hand-picked fruit sourced as locally as possible. Every year’s harvest reflects the influence of terroir, the environment in which the fruit was carefully nurtured and cultivated. From there, the fruit is mashed and placed into barrels together with yeast and water to begin fermenting. We carefully tend to the mash gauging the right moment to distill each batch. The unique flavor found in Edelbrand vinars comes from the careful preparation of and tending to the fruit mashes over many months. This ensures a slow and unhurried fermentation phase, allowing the subtle essences of each fruit to come forward naturally over time. Patience is the key. There are no shortcuts in handcrafting these exquisite spirits.
When the mash is ready, we heat up our single-batch copper pot stills. These stills are small by licensed distillery standards - 7, 12, and 18 gallons—but perfectly sized for crafting deep flavor profiles for each variety of our Edelbrand vinars. This process coaxes the purest flavors from each fruit, reflecting traditional Swiss distilling methods. We have two distilling runs – stripping and finish, resulting in a dry, naturally flavored fruit brandy captured in each bottle. The distinct flavor profiles are not surprising when you consider that it takes 8 to 15 pounds of fruit to create each bottle. And because our runs are single batch, each results in a truly handcrafted spirit. Just 1,100 bottles hold the best we have to offer this year.
What we do would not be possible without the local farmers and suppliers who are committed to providing their best so we can create the finest vinars possible. Positioned in a rural farming community that is also home to winemakers, Edelbrand sources fruits locally, regionally, and nationally from other family-run businesses who provide only the highest quality produce. These connections and the strong sense of community inspire us each and every day.
In the increasingly crowded space of handcrafted spirits, Edelbrand vinars stands out among the very few fruit brandies distilled in the United States. Single-batch distilling, using centuries-old methods found in Swiss villages, makes Edelbrand spirits even more distinct.
Our family holds a deep commitment to creating vinars that honors those traditions. It is at the heart of everything we do at here at Edelbrand Pure Distilling.