Distilleria Puni: a refuge for life and a new life for whisky
Puni is the first and only whisky distillery in Italy, and keeps its barrels inside old military bunkers.
The company was founded in 2010 near Glorenza (Gluorn in Romance, Glurns in German), Alto Adige, at the foot of the Ortles Massif. It produces Scotch malt whisky, allowed to age in American bourbon or Sicilian Marsala wine barrels kept inside wartime fortifications from the Second World War.
Where enemy fire once threatened life, now what the Italians call “acquavite” (form the Latin, meaning “water of life”) is made.
The Puni whisky building is an evocative red brick cube designed by the South Tyrolean architect Werner Scholl.
The company uses locally sourced barley, rye, and wheat malt, and follows the “Pop Still” method, using different stills to achieve double distillation. You can see the whole production process during a guided visit. The secret to the “water of life” is revealed here at least twice a week.