The Gölles family has been cultivating orchards in the sunny hill country around Austria’s Riegersburg Castle for four generations. Since the beginning of the 1980s, they have specialized in manufacturing fine vinegars and premium spirits by hand. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of only the highest quality ingredients, because only the naturally delicious taste of flawless, sun-ripened fruits or excellent wines is a suitable basis for producing dense and robust schnapps. This quest for prime fruit for the distillery is also at the heart of the commitment at Gölles to cultivating old fruit varieties that are now exceedingly rare. To this end, orchards have been replanted with these old varieties: since 1990 thousands of these rarities, like the saubirne (“sow” pear) and maschansker apple, have been planted. While state-of-the-art technology is employed in transforming these and other high-quality products into the fine spirits bearing the Gölles name, the crucial factor remains the experience and sensorium of Alois Gölles and his team.