This article originally appeared on Wallpaper.com.
The Vinschgau Valley in the South Tyrol is known as the Highlands of Italy for its climate and landscape. One local family operation is now taking advantage of this geography to make history, creating the first all-Italian single malt whisky.
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"Whisky first entered our lives when my father completed sommelier courses in the early 1990s," explains Jonas Ebensperger, who heads up the family business. "These courses encompassed a range of different spirits, but whisky turned out to be the most sophisticated, offering an excitingly broad spectrum of aromas." His father’s passion led the family to study the history and practice of whisky production, and to visit Scotland for tastings. "This continued for years," explains Ebensperger, "and for a long time there was no intention to make the transition from whisky lovers to makers. But after a while our interest shifted from experiencing what was already there to asking ourselves what could still be done." After a few more years of learning about the spirit, the family founded the Puni distillery, named after a local river, in 2010.