The small, family-owned fruit eau-de-vie distillery Wilhelm Marx is located in the idyllic Bavarian Forest between Regensburg and Bodenmais, near the Great Arber, not far from the Czech border. To be precise, the distillery is located in the picturesque climatic health resort of Neukirchen at the typically Bavarian Gut Bärenhof. A natural oasis of unparalleled beauty.
In 2012, Wilhelm Marx founded his fruit eau-de-vie distillery, and has completely devoted himself to his passion ever since. His distillery produces fine fruit eau-de-vie and liqueurs that have quickly garnered international acclaim. Wilhelm Marx started out working in the international contact lens business and travelled to Asia several times a year. His great passion for Asia is also reflected in his product line. For example, he imports the highest-quality ginger, turmeric and lemongrass directly from Thailand. The freshness and processing of the ginger give his GINGER No. 1 and GINGERLIQ their characteristic fruitiness, spiciness and palate-pleasing tingle. As early as November 2014, the Marx family took part in the International Wine & Spirits Fair in Hong Kong – to huge success! The ginger products GINGERLIQ and GINGER No. 1 in particular met with great interest. But native Bavarian fruits such as rose hips, blackthorn, quince and blackberries are also processed into exquisite delicacies.
Spirits from Wilhelm Marx
Delicatessen from Wilhelm Marx
from Wilhelm Marx
At the World Spirits Award in March 2018, the distillery was awarded six times gold, twice double-gold and the accolades Spirit of the Year and World Class Distillery, while GINGERLIQ was selected as the Best Liqueur of the Year. The company has been certified organic since 2017.
His extremely high demands on the quality and freshness of the processed fruits, the careful processing and his company credo “No artificial colours or flavours, no preservatives” give the products their much-appreciated unadulterated and harmonious taste. The distiller and trained fruit eau-de-vie sommelier places great value on innovative products. Meticulous attention to detail, a desire to try new things and a love of the craft of distillery are the keys to the success of Wilhelm Marx and his wife Birgit, who actively supports him with the production. Quality is his top priority, and so all ingredients are rigorously selected to maintain the optimum degree of ripeness and carefully processed by hand with great attention to detail. This allows the fruits and roots to develop their full intensity, giving the distillates a special flavour. He distills according to the principle of “DHL”: density – harmony – length.
His products are suitable as apéritifs, digestifs, for special occasions and as tasteful gifts.
The Marx family is committed to processing only natural and hand-picked products, mostly from their own cultivation. Seeds, stems and shells have no place in their high-quality products. The aim is to combine regionality and originality with absolute quality, and tradition with passion, love and flavour.
The climate and the ambience of the area surrounding the Bärenhof manor with its lush meadows also provide ideal conditions for breeding deer. Therefore, the Marx family has also been involved in this business for quite some time.
For many years Baur au Lac Wines has been Switzerland's exclusive importer of the sumptuous Cognacs created by Dominic Park. The story goes back to the 1990s when Dominic Park decided to leave his job as a wine trader in London to create his own cognac house with the style he wanted. This is summed up by a very clean vision of what cognac should be: insist on the best origins and a very precise distillation and ageing to give a high-class product in a modern, elegant bottle.
Fattoria La Gerla / Sergio Rossi
Standing on La Gerla's terrace, one's view sweeps over Montalcino's peaceful landscape with its hills, vineyards, slim cypresses, and estates scattered all around. Nestled in the Colli Senesi to the south of Siena, the area comprises approx. 2000 hectares (up from just sixty hectares 50 years ago!).