“You don’t have to be crazy to distill great schnaps, but it’s really helpful.”
Plunhof at Siusi allo Sciliar was first documented in the 14th centuryAt one time, the whole farm belonged to the grounds of Burg Hauenstein (Castelvecchio) and was therefore the property of none other than the famous minnesinger Oswald von Wolkenstein, but even he, with his wild fantasies, would have hardly imagined that one day, here at 1000 meters above sea level, we would be producing fine distillations and brandies of the best quality, which are sold internationally.
Florian Rabanser, the master distiller at Plunhof established the distillery Zu Plun ten years ago. The passionate “hobby distiller” made his entry into the world of professional distilling with the alpine classics, which are still available in our assortment of products today: Typical plum, apricot, apple, and pear brandies; seven pure grappas, of which two are aged in oak barrels; berry brandies, like blackthorn, raspberry, and currant; also distillations of gentian, juniper and rowan berry.
In 2007, after Plunhof became one of the first small distilleries to switch to the system of small, bonded distilleries, a new phase of experimentation and boundless creativity began. As a result, the assortment of spirits includes a number of distillations, which are really unusual for this region, namely rum and gin. The first rum distilled in the Dolomites goes by the French name for this spirit “Rhum” and asserts itself on the international stage. Its success is not only due to its unconventional location of origin, but mainly due to its superior quality, for which it was awarded a silver medal and the “best in class” rating at the IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition).
In addition to our Rhum, Zu Plun produce another distillate, which is uncommon in the Alpine area: Dolomite Gin “DolGin”, which consists of 24 different herbs. This gin of superb quality is distilled solely of herbs and ingredients grown in the Dolomites.