When I was a young boy, just six or seven years of age, my Grampa Julius Drover would tell me exciting tales of his adventures as a young man in 1920’s prohibition era Wisconsin. His family farm was hidden in the middle of the state near a clean source of spring water. The family grew corn and rye which allowed Grampa to distill and market one of the first value added agricultural products in the area. They ran whisky from Chicago to Minneapolis and everywhere between, always aware that federal revenuers might be hot on their trail.
Since those very early years of my life I have always wanted to carry on the family tradition of spirit production. Recent changes in state and federal laws created the opportunity for us to become the first bonded farm winery and distillery on Long Island. We now produce micro-batches of grape and fruit based alembic brandy, as well as eau de vie, grappa and grape vodka. Al of our spirits are produced in a 400L copper alembic pot still hand crafted in Portugal. I am finally realizing my childhood dream.
David Page, owner, vintner, distiller