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Nardini's heritage

  • The family

    The family

    Two Centuries of Dedication

    The history of the Nardini family is characterized by passion and dedication, by their love for the local territory and by quality. It is the history of Italy’s oldest distillery, founded by Bortolo Nardini in 1779 on the Ponte Vecchio, the iconic bridge leading into the town of Bassano del Grappa.

    For over two centuries, this passion has been nurtured and handed down from one generation to the next.

    Since 1779 the company has always been run by members of the Nardini family, becoming part of the prestigious international association of bicentenary family-run firms “Les Henokiens”.

    The members of the Nardini family have dedicated their whole life to their local territory, birthplace of a product that remains as valuable as ever.

    The company is now managed by the seventh generation of the family, and Angelo, Antonio, Cristina and Leonardo Nardini continue to promote a product that has come to symbolize Italian excellence all over the world.

  • Values

    Values

    A Daily Commitment

     

    The Nardini family has handed down the culture of grappa in Italy and across the world for seven generations. The family continues to pursue this goal with passion and professional dedication, thanks to an entrepreneurial spirit based on a set of shared values that view the local territory as an integral part of the outstanding quality of Nardini grappa and liqueurs.

History

 

Grappa since 1779

It all begins in 1779 in Bassano del Grappa, in the heart of the Veneto region - right on the famous bridge of Ponte Vecchio, designed by architect Andrea Palladio.

A story that has become a part of history, bearing witness to the tradition of Nardini grappa both in Italy and across the world. 

1779 Italy’s oldest distillery Italy’s oldest distillery

Bortolo Nardini, an expert distiller from the nearby Val di Cembra, sets out to renew and promote the art of distillation. With this objective in mind, in 1779 he founds Italy’s first grappa distillery and “grapperia” in the town that at the time was called Bassano Veneto. Grappa was then called “Aquavite di Vinaccia” from the Latin words aqua vitae – water of life – underlining its therapeutic and curative properties. This name is still featured on the Italian labels produced today.

1860 The steam distillery The steam distillery

The first turning point comes in the middle of the 19th century: the traditional direct flame technique is substituted by steam distillation in a discontinuous cycle still. This method improves control over temperature and helps maintain constant quality standards. 

1915 - 18 Grappa becomes a ritual Grappa becomes a ritual

The Great War does not stop the Nardini family from its quest for research, that brings about introduction of the double distillation technique, a method for ensuring greater purity of the grappa.

The ritual of drinking a small glass of grappa helps keep up the spirit of the people, who had bravely endured the war, and becomes a moment of shared serenity - and the legend of grappa is born.

1929 The post-war boom The post-war boom

After World War I, the popularity of grappa and growing demand leads the Nardini family to move their distillery outside of the walls of Bassano. This marks the beginning of an era of rapid growth and a wider-ranging vision of the company’s future.

1939 - 48 Links to the land Links to the land

The hardships of World War II do not dishearten the Nardini family, who continue distilling grappa during bombings and trade restrictions. Their dedication is rewarded on October 3, 1948 when statesman Alcide De Gasperi inaugurates the reconstructed Ponte Vecchio, destroyed during the war, with a bottle of Nardini grappa. This officially confirms the family’s link with the local community, after the town name was changed from Bassano Veneto to Bassano del Grappa twenty years earlier.

The ’50s Unbounded dedication Unbounded dedication

After World War II Nardini introduces yet another innovation: they become the first distillery in Italy to start aging its grappa. Immensely popular with lovers of similar aged spirits, grappa starts conquering more and more fans in Italy and, for the first time, also abroad. In 1953 the British Queen Mother serves Nardini grappa at the reception for the coronation of her daughter Elizabeth II – a prestigious acknowledgment of Italian excellence.

The ’60s New methods, new spaces New methods, new spaces

Nardini is a synonym of quality research, as confirmed by the innovations introduced in the ’60s. Vacuum steam distillation, a low temperature process which prevents the pomace from overheating, improves the grappa’s aroma and quality. At the same time, the company grows and inaugurates a new distillery just outside Bassano, home of the current facility.

The ’80s and ’90s An unrivalled blend An unrivalled blend

A unique blend for a unique grappa: this is the goal Nardini achieved in the ’80s, blending production from the distillery in Bassano, which employs a discontinuous vacuum-sealed steam system, with that of Monastier di Treviso, which follows continuous cycle distillation techniques. To evolve and perfect this system, the company sets up an advanced testing laboratory. The lab is currently at the heart of the Nardini quality assurance process.

2004 Bolle: A new era Bolle: A new era

Nardini stands for a precise method, for a corporate vision of participation and involvement through dialog, for appraising the Italian heritage of quality and passion. All these values together give birth to Bolle, a contemporary work created by architect Massimiliano Fuksas to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Nardini. A space for welcoming visitors and grappa lovers, a place to promote the culture of grappa and consolidate the company’s deep relationship with Bassano del Grappa.