In 1918, Alfred Potocki inherited the magistical Łańcut Castle and its estate, which included a distillery. Under the new Potocki ownership, the distillery began to produce vodka and became known as a purveyor of spirits. When the Łańcut estate (pronounced “wine-soot”) passed to the Potocki family in 1816, it includedPoland's second oldest distillery, founded in 1784. Łańcut, located halfway between Krakow and Lvov, is in the heart of Galicia which, from 1795 until World War I, was under Austrian rule. Alfred I Potocki, who was an enterprising and innovative land owner, hired specialists to improve quality and increase production capacity. Vodka was typically distilled from grain and potatoes. In 1838 he introduced liqueurs and cordials for which the Łańcut distillery quickly achieved notoriety. In 1857 it obtained the special privilege to become a purveyor to the imperial court in Vienna. In 1924 the newly independent Polish Republic set up a state monopoly for the production of clear vodka. The Łańcut distillery concentrated on producing rums, liqueurs and cordials (also called rosoglios orratafias). The facilities functioned throughout World War II, where Alfred III provided employment and cover from the occupier to various refugees. In 1944 the Lancut estate, including the distillery, was confiscated by the communist regime. More than half a century later, Jan-Roman Potocki took up his forefathers’ legacy, producing a spirit expressing the full character of Polish vodka and carrying forth a proud family tradition.Read More
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