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Dalmatia is a stretch of land and islands 600km long, on the eastern shores of the Adriatic sea. Zara was the Venetian capital of Dalmatia for 400 years, and when the Republic fell, first Napoleon’s France and later Austria ruled the region. GIROLAMO LUXARDO, sent there as consular representative of the Kingdom of Sardinia, moved to Zara with his family in 1817. His wife Maria Canevari became especially interested in perfecting “ROSOLIO MARASCHINO”, a liqueur produced in Dalmatia since medieval times and often made in convents. Girolamo founded his distillery in 1821 to make the liqueur and, after 8 years of research in perfecting it, he obtained an exclusive “Privilege” from the Emperor of Austria, a valuable and cherished acknowledgment of the superior quality of the Luxardo product. Today the firm proudly continues bearing the denomination of “PRIVILEGIATA FABBRICA MARASCHINO EXCELSIOR”.


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The MARASCHINO liqueur became an essential cocktail ingredient internationally, along with other products that the Luxardo family began producing soon after the foundation, such as the Cherry Liqueur “Sangue Morlacco”, the Original Maraschino Cherries, Limoncello and many others. In 1913 the third generation heir MICHELANGELO LUXARDO built a very modern distillery, probably the largest in the entire Austro – Hungarian Empire. Even today people arriving in Zara cannot help noticing the imposing building on the harbour edge, which housed the headquarters and the residence of the LUXARDO FAMILY.


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Traditional copper pot stills, aging vats, marasca cherry orchards, warehouses and brand new bottling lines are all pillars that
distinguish the Luxardo Distillery still today, as it was in the past.

One of the few European spirits company still owned by the same family, exporting its specialties in over 83 different countries, LUXARDO is a place where centuries old traditions meet cutting edge production methods. Today with the arrival of the seventh generation, three generations work together to continue GIROLAMO’S LEGACY.

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