Carone expands into craft distilling
Lanoraie, Que. – Carone, premium estate winery located in the Lanaudière region of Québec, announced that it has expanded into craft distillation and will release its first spirits later this summer. Carone will be the Lanaudière region’s first craft distiller and Québec’s first field-to-flask producer of a grape-based gin.
“We have been growing grapes, making wine and meticulously ageing small-batch wines since the mid-1990s, this move into distilling signifies a new opportunity for our business to sustain growth and diversify risk. Spirits had the largest growth rate of Quebec-made alcohol last year and was not impacted by the multitude of changes that the artisanal wine industry now faces,” said Anthony Carone, owner, winemaker and distiller at Carone.
Carone will initially be releasing three spirit brands: Black Raven – Québec’s first field-to-flask, grape-based gin, coined as a Lanaudière Dry Gin; Utica – a grape-based eau-de-vie similar to a vodka; and Brereton – a grape-based spirit arrangé following the hogo (haut goût) long fermentation style of heritage rums.