Grappa is an Italian spirit made traditionally from pomace, which is discarded grape skins, seeds, stalks and stems that are a by-product of the wine industry. It has been produced since the middle ages mainly by farmers who used the leftovers from their winemaking to produce a spirit which they could drink in the cold winter months. One can find different styles of grappa depending on the grape variety, distilling methods and whether aged or not.
Grappa in Italy is mainly drunk after a meal as a digestive, usually after an espresso and its called an ‘ammazzacaffe’ (coffee-killer) or by actually adding it to the coffee ‘caffe corretto’. One can serve it on ice or simply enjoy neat. Grappa is being used with cocktails as a spirit base to give structure but also because it imparts particular aromas and flavours.
At the Vineyard one will find a big selection of grappas, of different brands and styles, aged and non-aged. We have also some beautiful decanter bottles which are ideal as a gift.