The first “London Dry Gin” created in an Italian winery, specifically designed to produce gin only.
As a tribute to Florence, our gin focuses on the iris, the city’s icon, using not only its rhizomes but also its petals. In order to meet the London Dry Gin standards, ours is a classic gin, but at the same time an innovative one as, for its making, we use 14 essences, among which fresh bergamot and dried lemon zests, rose hips, fresh lavender and rosemary flowers, coriander, bitter almond, and angelica root. Nearly all of these botanicals are cultivated within the 94 acres organic farming of Podere Castellare, our elegant eco country resort, while the others come from local, dedicated small farms. The distillery is open for visits and tastings.
Being a London Dry Gin, its distillation is made through steam flow in order to extract only the best, and more perfumed aromatic oils. For the production of Peter in Florence a special still has been exclusively created by Green Engineering in Colle Val d’Elsa. The still is a small scale version of the historical Carterhead still, used for the distillation of some of the best gins in the world and it has been realized following the original pattern of 1831 but with advanced technological characteristics. The recipe, specially made by Stefano Cicalese master distiller, wisely combines liquid infusion together with steam infusion which was introduced by Thomas Dakin.
Peter in Florence
A Tuscan gin, flavored with local aromatic plants, made with liquid and steam infusions.
A London Dry Gin a Tuscan heart as the best juniper in the world comes from Tuscany as wellas the best iris root, which we use to bind the water with all the aromas. When Patrick hoffer, gin lover and English businessman living in Florence, found that out, he decided to open a distillery producing only this spirit. The first one in italy, within a classy country resort. This is the origin of "Peter in Florence", the name being a tribute to Patrick's father, a gin's lover himself.
The location chosen was Podere Castellare, in Pelago, an eco-resort owned by Patrizio Pandolfi, Patricks Hoffer’s friend and business partner. It is here in Podere Castellare, an eco resort which combines tradition, modern design and tuscan flavors, where the best aromatic essences of our gin grow. The area where Peter in Florence is produced boasts a long tradition both in the cultivation of medicinal plants and in the production of the gin: the first who undertook the cultivation of medical and aromatic herbs were the monks of the nearby Vallombrosa abbey who started cultivating aromatic plants in 1400. Still today the monks use the same recipe and the same maceration process of the juniper berries.