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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Sibillini Mountains, Marche
People: Varnelli Family, Owners
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
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The Varnelli distillery, in Italy’s Marche, was founded in 1868 by Girolamo Varnelli. Girolamo Varnelli lived in the heart of Sibillini Mountains, now a National Park, where he studied local medicinal plants. He used his expertise in his region’s native, medicinal plants to develop numerous recipes for distillates and bitters, including Amaro Sibilla—a rich tonic liqueur that was awarded the Gold Medal in 1909 at the International Exhibition in Turin and was once valued as an antimalarial and antipyretic. His son, Antonio, developed additional recipes, in particular the anisette, and was largely responsible for widely diffusing the reputation of Varnelli products throughout Italy.
Today, the distillery is in its fourth generation of family ownership and operation: 4 women are at the helm. It follows the same historical recipes using native herbs and plants. All ingredients are still ground with mortar and pestle, fires are log-fueled, and the entire process is still executed by hand.