ash wood and chestnut wood barrels leave the grappa white.
The acacia and oak barrels give the grappa a yellowish tint
by releasing their natural substances into the spirit. “I
mix them all together, I only make one kind on grappa”,
says Levi, “after all it is the quality and consistency
of the vapour that really counts”. The distillery produces
around one hundred bottles of grappa a day. These are all
sold in a lightning flash, directly from the small office
where the bottles are filled and corked by hand. The labels
and wrappers are pasted onto the bottles by hand under bare
light bulbs. The natural light is blocked out by spiders’
webs that are as thick as bed sheets, to say the least they
are very old. “They are the best mosquito nets that
I know of”, confirms Levi. “The spiders are nice,
they make good company and run around the place climbing over
crevices and mounds like real mountaineers”.