Maybe there's something in the water. Maybe there's something in the air. Maybe... there's something up here in the mountains. Tirol's quality-obsessed distillers are making magic with it. Get the inside scoop from the distillers themselves when you stop by one of 41 distilleries in Tirol and savour the fruit of their work, literally!
Tirol, home to craft distillers since the 1700s, is first in the nation in distilleries per capita. 2,500 of Tirol’s 4,000 local distilleries are permitted to distill by the royal decree of Empress Maria Theresia (1717 –1780). Over the years the quality-obsessed distillers have developed and refined their range of smooth spirits, adapting many from centuries old recipes, handed down from generation to generation, innovating new methods to create others, and picking up a few national and international awards along the way.
Tirol is on the bucket list of schnapps lovers near and far, and for good reason. Each year, some 5 million kilograms of fruit are used to produce hand-crafted schnapps, spirits and liqueurs that boast farm-fresh ingredients and crisp snow-melt water. Along the Tirol Schnapps Route you will find a remarkable collection of 41 artisan distilleries, and each one has its own characteristics that will vie to make it your favourite. Why you should go: an understanding of the creative science behind these beverages, tastings, and the opportunity to rub elbows with friendly and knowledgeable craftspeople. Local Distilleries are found all over Tirol, from Inntal Valley and its side valleys to East Tirol.
Schnapps Distilling – Deeply Rooted in Tradition
Today, we invite you to tour our working landscape and taste the extraordinary range and quality of Tirol's finest spirits along the Tirol Schnapps Route. Friendly, craft distillers are focusing on sourcing as many ingredients close to home as possible, resulting in flavours and crafty recipes you'll only find here. A visit to Tirol's distilleries will round out your Tirol culinary experience. For a small fee, you can sample and savour the fruit of their work, literally!
Distilleries are found all over Tirol, so we’ve decided to outline 13 of the most locally focused experiences. More detailed information is available from the local distilleries listed below and from local tourist information offices.