Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Made in the Jungle of the Amazon
Brazil’s Gin Pioneers
The Origin Story
The Gin Society
Amazzoni was created by Arturo Isola - an Italian architect living in Rio de Janeiro and Alexandre Mazza - a Brazilian artist and musician. Together, in a country lacking a gin culture, they founded the gin society, Os Ginasticos, which met monthly to sample and enjoy foreign gins. United by their love of the spirit, they began experimenting with distillation techniques in a corner of Alexandre’s house and studied the art of gin making in their free time. Not long after, they sought out world-renowned mixologist Tato Giovannoni to help refine their recipe. They created a product that is uniquely Brazilian, while staying true to classic gin ingredients and techniques.
Brazil’s First Gin Distillery
The Amazzoni Distillery is found amid the beautiful rivers and palm trees of the Paraiba Valley in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The building was originally built in 1717 as a coffee farm and was eventually turned into a Cachaça distillery in the early 1900s. In 2015, Amazzoni converted it into Brazil’s first gin distillery and can now support production up to 15,000 bottles per day.
A Taste of the Rainforest
Amazzoni has created a product that is uniquely Brazilian. Alongside the classic ingredients used in traditional gin including pink pepper, bay leaf and mandarin, they have added 5 new botanicals that are exclusive to Brazil and the Amazonian Rainforest. These botanicals include cocoa, Brazilian chestnut, maxixe (a vegetable similar to a cucumber), water lily and cipò cravo (a native flower, similar to clove). As they come from protected land, the purity of these ingredients comes through in the final product; a smooth, flavourful gin.
The secret sauce
CLASSIC GIN TECHNIQUES WITH A BRAZILIAN FLAIR
A Passion Project Gone Global
As artists and craftsmen, the focus for Arturo and Alexandre has always been on creating a spirit that they themselves would buy and want to share with their friends. While they may have fallen into the business side a little bit by accident, Amazzoni has since become the best selling gin in Brazil.