Founded in 1870, Distilleria Gualco has been a family-run enterprise for 4 generations. The system for producing Distilleria Gualco’s grappa is a bain-marie pot still. Using a “bain-marie” or “water bath” means that the pot of the grape pomace is not heated directly by fire but surrounded by another pot of boiling water and heated to evaporation. This has the advantage of heating the grapes gently, preventing the grappa from taking on an unpleasant smoky or burnt taste and allowing slow evaporation, thus retaining the wine-like characteristics of the grape skins. The fuel used to heat the stills is the very same expended grape skins used to produce the grappa itself.