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About Gia Distillery
ASHEVILLE MEETS SICILY
GIA Distillery, Inc. is a small boutique distillery located in a train station built in 1895 in the small town of Madison, NC. One of the owners grew up in Sicily and the other comes from Asheville, NC. Both have been making wine and beer for at least 40 years and have parlayed that experience now into distilling where they’re able to add that hand-crafted touch.
Everything from crushing the grapes/grain, fermentation, distilling and bottling is done by hand, with no automated systems. This extra work and effort shine through with an exceptional set of products that offer quality and perfection.
It’s GIA’s mission to provide a product that is geared to those who truly appreciate the unique taste of a quality liquor. It is not our goal to just crank out products to appeal to the masses.
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The Francesca Grappa is named after the wife of one of the owners, who is also Italian and is named Frances. Our grappa is made the old fashion Italian way back when they utilized the entire grape for production. We don’t just use the hulls, stems and seeds for fermentation but also the juice from the grape that usually is transferred off for wine production. The grappa is then rested on French Oak, which combined with the juice of the grape, provide a smoothness not found in most Italian Grappa’s. It’s a much more expensive way to make but the flavor profile proves it to be a winner to both Italian and American Grappa lovers.
Quality & Perfection
Our FJW Solera Style American Whiskey comes from an old Spain aging technique that consists of stacking barrels and only drawing a portion from the bottom barrels for bottling. Then that bottom barrel is filled up with the one above, etc until new liquor is place in the portion used in the top barrel. This is a waterfall effect that blends different ages of liquor into a final product. The smoothness and taste create a profile that is only seen in high end, top shelf bourbons and whiskeys. This is a fairly new technique for aging in the US and because of the labor involved, is not seen by the larger producers.
“Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.”
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