Our Head Sommelier, Jerome Fauré, takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Studer Distillery that’s been making its famous eaux-de-vie and liqueurs for over 100 years.
The Studer Distillery has been in existence in Switzerland since 1883, in the canton of Lucerne in the north-west foothills of the Swiss Alps.
It produces eaux-de-vie and liqueurs famous for their true flavour. This is thanks to a quality distillation process using water from a privately-owned source. This is an important element in obtaining purity in alcoholic drinks.
The Studer Distillery is very much a family business, in which tradition and innovation happily co-exist. The traditions owe much to the hard work and recipes of its founder, Hans Studer, who had perfected his craft in Cognac in France.
As an aside, it is worth recalling that, in 2005, the Swiss ban on absinthe was lifted, so Studer dusted down its recipe and recommenced distillation!
Embracing change through the generations
The firm is not afraid of innovation as its products’ sophisticated and contemporary-style packaging shows. The fourth generation took over the family firm 100 years after its founding.
Ivano Friedli-Studer and Käthi Friedli-Studer have been very successful and this year they carried off several prizes at the International Spirits Award organised by Mundus Vin, including:
- 5 gold medals
- 4 silvers
- an unusual and exceptional pear eau-de-vie named as the best fruit-based eau-de-vie 2011
- the coveted title of the Distiller of the Year.
These outstanding eaux-de-vie are available in all our hotels.