The problem was we did not have a proper place, so we decided to put it in the garage, empty for a long time, of a house next to the distillery, and press it down well. On one side of the garage was a door leading to the kitchen of Luigi Pettenon’s family, who at the time lived in the house.
I won’t tell you what happened when the draining piquette started to wet the floor of Elsa Pettenon’s kitchen, where she reigned supreme… not to mention when we started carrying away the grape marc with a skid steer. If you think that distillation went on without interruption day and night and that the poor Pettenons slept above the garage, I can only say thank you to those good people who were so patient at the time and let us produce our first Vespaiolo Grappa.
The bottle we chose for this special distillate was a satin white Burgundy, with a label that said Vespaiolo in pink.