Rochelt was Founded in 1989, adhering to very strict criteria: the finest fruit, precise distillation, optimal maturation, continued self-criticism, and refinement. Since 2003, Rochelt has been run by the Rochelt sisters, Julia, Annia, and Teresa, along with Alexander Rainer, founder Gunter Rochelt’s student and son in law. Rochelt brandies are 100% pure, produced from tree-ripened fruit, naturally fermented, distilled twice, with no sugar added. Spirits mature in open glass balloons at a minimum of 100 proof. Rochelt’s extended glass balloon resting sets them apart, scarifying economics in favor of the sole goal of quality that honors the tradition of late Gunter Rochelt. The brandy is clear, yet unfiltered, maintaining the depth and authenticity of the fruit. The “Pincer” is a traditional Austrian bottle shape.
For their Rochelt Apple Schnapps 2006 bottling, fruit is hand-harvested, with multiple passes over several weeks to allow each apple to develop on the tree. This ensures the apples are only fermented once they ripened to perfection. After distillation, the spirit’s middle cut rests for Ten Years in glass balloon. While the spirit matures, the weight and strength of the alcohol lessens, resulting in a rounder, more structured, and softer brandy.