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BASSANO AND NARDINI: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF THE OLDEST GRAPPA DISTILLERY IN ITALY A guided tour of the historic Grapperia on the Ponte Vecchio and the futuristic structure of Bolle Nardini, to discover the fascinating art of distillation techniques and ultra-bicentennial history of the company. A guided tour of the historic Grapperia on the Ponte Vecchio and the futuristic structure of Bolle Nardini, to discover the fascinating art of distillation techniques and ultra-bicentennial history of the company.

In 1779, in this small room at the entrance of the famous Ponte Vecchio of Bassano del Grappa, the oldest distillery of grappa in Italy, Bortolo Nardini, was born.
The history of Nardini is a journey that will take you on the discovery of a place that seems lost in time, the Grapperia on the Bridge, where the founder, Bortolo Nardini, produced his 'water of life'. At the time, grappa and liqueurs were served from ancient copper jars and served to travelers who passed on the bridge and for barge drivers that descended along the Brenta River with loads of goods for the Most Serene Republic of Venice.

A few kilometers from the historical Grapperia is Bolle, a futuristic structure and metaphor for the alchemy of distillation, a symbol of what the company is today. Through a guided tour of this striking work, created by Massimiliano Fuksas, you can discover the world of Nardini, the distillation process and the quality of its grappa enclosed in the familiar bottle with the white label, that has become an icon.
The visit is an opportunity to learn about Nardini today, a company rooted in its past and its territory but with its eyes on the future, a family united by passion and an ancient craft passed on for over 230 years, until the present day, the 7th generation.

A story that forever unites the city of Bassano, grappa and the Nardini family.
 


FURTHER OPERATIONAL INFORMATION
Guided tours are available on request, subject to availability.
 
Grapperia on the Bridge
Operating hours for guided visits: Monday to Friday, on weekdays, from 9:00 am  to 12:00 noon and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, for groups of 4 - 40 people.
For individuals and on weekends and holidays, the Grapperia is a bar open to the public and operating every day from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm, closed on Mondays in the winter.
To reserve a guided tour, kindly contact us via email: nardini@nardini.it or by phone at +39 0424-227741.
Address: Ponte Vecchio 2, Bassano del Grappa.
 
Bolle Nardini
Operating hours: Monday to Friday, on weekdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm (last visit admitted 90 minutes before closing time), for groups of 15 to 50 people. To reserve a guided tour, kindly contact us via email bolle@nardini.it or by phone at +39 0424-227741.
Address: Via Madonna di Monte Berico 7 Bassano del Grappa.

 
  • Ponte Vecchio 2
    Bassano del Grappa (VI)
  • Via Madonna di Monte Berico 7
    Bassano del Grappa (VI)

DISTILLERIA BORTOLO NARDINI


Bassano and Nardini: a journey through the history of the oldest grappa distillery in Italy.


 
Company Contacts
PONTE VECCHIO 2
36061 - Bassano del Grappa (VI)
+390424227741 www.nardini.it
Further information
There are certain families and certain companies, who, by virtue of their enduring entrepreneurial acumen, are able to leave an indelible mark on the land, and present themselves as its natural ambassadors.

Bortolo Nardini is part of this elite group. Founded in 1779 in Bassano del Grappa, the iconic family distillery is the oldest in Italy. Two centuries on, its name continues to be associated with grappa and spirits of the finest quality. Its story is profoundly Italian, steeped in the country’s uniquely rich history, culture, beauty and resourcefulness. 

The family’s links with the territory can be traced back to the company’s 18th-century origins, when Bortolo Nardini moved from Trentino to Bassano, at the foot of Mount Grappa. Here he founded the first grappa distillery; until this point, the Italian grape pomace spirit had been produced only at cottage level, using archaic methods. Bortolo’s distillery, shop and grappa bar opened in 1779 in a small 13th century building on Bassano’s Palladian bridge, where the company is based to this day. Witness to some of the great events that would shape modern Europe, this historic Grapperia has changed little over the years. Classified as one of Italy’s Historic Inns, Restaurants and Shops, it is the living testimony of an ancient tradition that has been handed down through the ages, but never ceases to captivate and inspire.
 
The distillery has evolved and grown from generation to generation. From the historic Grapperia on Bassano’s Ponte Vecchio to the futuristic ‘Bolle’ structures, designed by architect Massimiliano Fuksas for the distillery’s 225th anniversary, it has continued to build on the vision that has turned a simple bottle of ‘Aquavite di Vinaccia’ (the old term for grappa, still used on our labels) into the defining image of Italian grappa around the world. In this evocative name, which immediately calls to mind the simple white label produced by Bassano’s historic Remondini printers, all of the company’s guiding principles are encapsulated: historical roots, connection to the land and dedication to quality – a cultural legacy to be passed down to future generations.

Distilleria Bortolo Nardini is part of a select band of firms that can boast membership of ‘Les Hénokiens’, an exclusive international club for family businesses dating back over 200 years. Today, the latest generation of Nardinis – Giuseppe, Cristina, Angelo, Antonio and Leonardo – carry forward its proud family tradition and continue to promote the name of this historic grappa on a global scale.
 
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