Distillerie di Sarnico 1886, a family passion
Le Distillerie di Sarnico was founded in 1886, but it was after World War II that Antonio Lochis founded the distillery as it is today, although still with a very artisanal look. The company then passed to his son Giacomo and by him to his nephew Sergio and his family.
The link with history and our area is very strong: Sarnico is halfway between Bergamo and Brescia and in this geographical area until the early twentieth century there was a strong tradition linked to the world of distilleries and grappa, which has now been lost almost entirely.
What distinguishes us is the quality of our products, not only from an organoleptic point of view. We use raw materials at km 0, therefore coming from our province, and we also take great care in choosing the bottles in which to pack our spirits, the paper with which to make labels and packaging in general.
Our production covers a wide range. The diamond tip is Grappa Pòta, born in 2013 and distilled for us by the renowned Distilleria Locatelli Fabrizio of Mapello (BG), the only one left in the province and the largest in Lombardy, selecting the pomace from Merlot and Cabernet grapes produced and vinified by wineries of Bergamo.
Amaro San Pellegrino refers to an ancient recipe and there are documents from 1902 that stated that this bitter was produced in Bergamo. It is an infusion in alcohol and water of medicinal herbs and aromatic alpine plants, such as gentian, peppermint, yarrow, cinchona, aloe, artemisia, bitter orange. The result of this recipe is a bitter to be served cold after a meal, pleasant and tonic with beneficial digestive, depurative and anti-inflammatory properties.
There is also Amarozero, a version suitable for everyone that is non-alcoholic and gluten free.
For those who do not like spirits, we have also made aperitif liqueurs.
Amico Fritz Original for Spritz is named after the opera comedy by Pietro Mascagni, the composer of the Cavalleria Rusticana. It is an infusion of herbs and roots with a low alcohol content, a red-orange color and a sweet-bitter taste.
Elisir D'Amore Bitter 24, on the other hand, refers to an opera by Gaetano Donizetti, composer from Bergamo, and is based on herbs, roots and fruit with a slightly higher alcohol content. Its taste is pleasantly bitter and is deep red in color. Both are perfect for creating imaginative and tasty cocktails.