The art of dis­til­la­tion and the mod­ern life­style

Discover Germany, Switzerland & Austria - - Wine & Dine - TEXT: SILKE HENKELE I PHO­TOS: DIWISA

Hans Af­fen­tranger laid the foun­da­tions for mod­ern Destil­lerie Wil­lisau (DIWISA) more than 100 years ago. What be­gan as a small dis­tillery for spir­its, liqueurs and syrup, is to­day the Swiss mar­ket leader for the pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of pre­mium bev­er­ages and one of Europe’s most mod­ern dis­til­leries.

“DIWISA has a rather event­ful his­tory, but still to­day re­mains a fam­ily-run com­pany, which con­sciously and with great love for the prod­uct, skill­fully com­bines tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship with in­ge­nu­ity and high-tech equip­ment. Plus, with a keen sense for cur­rent trends, it recog­nises the life­styles and needs of to­mor­row’s con­sumers, too. From this knowl­edge,” says Clau­dio Lo­bosco, global ex­port direc­tor at DIWISA, “we cre­ate bev­er­ages that stand for mo­ments of plea­sure and the joy of life.”

Bev­er­ages such as the award-win­ning Xel­lent Vodka (double gold and sil­ver at the San Fran­cisco World Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tions): a vodka with a strong char­ac­ter and rough edges – just like the peo­ple of the Lucerne hin­ter­land where it is dis­tilled. Pure on ice or in a cock­tail – Xel­lent Vodka is ver­sa­tile and en­joy­able. “Xel­lent com­bines the finest in­gre­di­ents. Made by pas­sion­ate master dis­tillers who know ex­actly what they are do­ing, it has a fruity taste, which, thanks to its nutty ap­peal and the light taste of rye, pro­vides a long-last­ing taste sen­sa­tion. Xel­lent is clearly a vodka for peo­ple with a sense for the finer things, and a taste for the un­usual and in­di­vid­ual.”

Tra­di­tional in­dul­gence or in­no­va­tive life­style – opin­ions of­ten dif­fer when it comes to bev­er­ages. Some dis­til­leries, how­ever, man­age to eas­ily com­bine the two.

Sim­i­larly in­di­vid­ual is Mar­ito Verde, the might­ily green Swiss aper­i­tif. “Sure, the colour stands out, as does its taste. We use only the best Swiss herbs and process them with love and ac­cord­ing to our very own method. Bright green, lemony fresh and fully nat­u­ral – that’s how we like Mar­ito Verde best. Its taste and colour come best into their own in a large gob­let. Add ice cubes and four cen­til­itres of Mar­ito Verde, fill up with 14 cen­til­itres of soda wa­ter and add a slice of le­mon – done! Quickly made, in­cred­i­bly tasty and con­vinc­ingly re­fresh­ing.”

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