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Carone Wines Expands into Craft Spirits

Posted on August 05, 2019

Lanoraie, Québec—CARONE, premium estate winery located in the Lanaudière region of Québec, announced today 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 aging 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. He continued: “Now, working alongside my three daughters, CARONE will be distilling premium, small batch, craft spirits that reflect our family history and terroir.”

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.

Sarah Hoodspith-Carone, Director of Sales & Marketing stated: “CARONE will also be working directly with Lanaudière farmers to craft seasonal spirits using locally grown fruits, herbs and spices at their peak of freshness. This will be done in an effort to create a sustainable, circular economy and reduce food waste.”

A true hybrid of family heritage, the craft spirits that CARONE will be releasing pays homage to a bootlegging history – BRERETON is named for a rum running grandfather – combined with the insights from Carone’s three daughters – an anthropologist, a dietician-in-training, and a hurricane. Learn more about their story by visiting:

CARONE is a premium estate winery and craft distillery located along the St. Lawrence River in the Lanaudière valley, Quebec’s fastest developing wine growing region. CARONE currently offers its wines under six brands – APEX, ITALUS, VENICE, DOUBLE BARREL, BIN 33 and VERITÀ – and its craft spirits under the brands BLACK RAVEN, UTICA and BRERETON. The company expects to continue to expand on its craft wine and spirits offerings. CARONE products are sought out worldwide by consumers who appreciate the company’s relentless devotion to perfection, outside the bottle thinking and commitment to quality.

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