Regionality from the farm
The Crownhill Distillery is idyllically situated in Schwoich, surrounded by woods, meadows and fruit trees - yet easily accessible. 200 pear, plum and apple trees on his orchards provide the basis for Manfred Höck's fine brandies. In 2005, he took over his parents' farm and began to produce a wide range of high-quality products through his willingness to experiment.
Distilled experiments, award-winning joy of experimentation
Approximately 40 different products in the categories of whisky, gin, rum, brandy, spirits and liqueurs are offered here - of course, all distilled in-house. Whisky has become the "main product" of the Crownhill distillery, not least because of the many award successes. But the five different types of gin are also unique creations of his own and four of them have already won awards. His innovative passion has earned him national and international awards year after year and has become standard practice. In 2021 alone, 13 products were awarded by Falstaff, among them the berry liqueur was named the best Austrian liqueur. It is the overall package that is simply right here: "My drinks should tell a story. To evoke memories with their taste and aroma."
Special tastings for pure enjoyment
The business presents itself in a new ambience, specially tailored to "experience tastings". Unfortunately, snacks or food cannot be offered to the tasting participants, as this is not permitted by law. For beverages such as beer, lemonade, etc., please refer to the nearby restaurants, as the tastings are really about the unique "enjoyment" of the products.
The vaulted cellar, which is of course also presented during tastings, is made of 5,000 bricks from a demolished house in Hungary, so it is not just made to look "old", but really made with old bricks.
Due to the large product range, four special experience tastings can be offered for groups of 6 to 20 people. Films (mostly about various production steps) are shown to accompany each type of tasting. A sample, mostly whisky, is tasted in the special ambience of the vaulted cellar. The duration here is about 2.5 hours.
Small groups are also catered for here: there is a "mini tasting" for 2 to 6 people. The cost for the tour of the premises including an explanation of the distilling process and tasting of 3 samples of your choice (duration approx. 45 min) is € 5.00 per participant. The respective participation fee is waived for purchases of more than € 30.00.
The distillery, sales and tasting room, WC facilities and the storage room (vaulted cellar) for our maturing barrels are all barrier-free.
Further information on the tastings can be found on the website of Crownhill Distillery Schwoich.