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Bagnoli Distilleries was established in 1954 when Dr. Dino Bagnoli, the son of Major Emo Bagnoli of the Italian Air Force, and his wife Targa Ilva Zita, daughter of Mario, a well-known entrepreneur in the wine sector, decided to move from Polesine to Stanghella, a small town in the province of Padua, following the Po River flood in 1951.

In Stanghella, the newlywed couple began the activity of distilling grappa in their own distillery, which gradually began to grow and gain recognition.

The business involved distilling the vinaccia (fermented grape skins), which various local farmers and producers delivered directly to the distillery. The grappa obtained was then sold in bulk, at its original alcohol strength of about 80% by volume, to well-established national companies that handled the bottling.

The year 1970 was a tragic one for the Bagnoli family, marked by the premature death of Dr. Bagnoli, just as the company was completing important development projects, such as the opening of a second distillery in S. Pietro Vernotico (BR) in Puglia.

Mrs. Targa Ilva Zita, a strong, courageous woman of deep faith, decided to continue the business, encouraged also by her sons Camillo and Giovanni, who showed great interest in the family business, even though they were still young students.

After completing their studies, Camillo and Giovanni officially joined the company towards the end of the 1970s.

Their original eagerness, combined with renewed enthusiasm, immediately injected new vitality into the company. This resulted in new and interesting projects, most notably the idea of bottling their own grappa. The opening of a small workshop in Noventa Padovana (PD) and the subsequent move in 1982 to the renovated and expanded facility in Stanghella, which still serves as the company’s headquarters today, were decisive steps towards realizing this ambitious project.

In Italy, the 1980s were marked by general economic well-being, accompanied by a wave of optimism and confidence in the future. In this scenario, particularly among the youth, there was a growing desire for escapism and fun, the joy of being together and staying out late: thus, there was an unparalleled increase in the number of entertainment venues, nightclubs, disco-bars, pubs, and similar activities.

Always attentive to new trends, Bagnoli Distillery decided to expand its production, achieving promising results right from the start. Targeting the “entertainment market,” grappa was complemented by a complete line of spirits, liqueurs, syrups, and fruit semi-finished products.

In this new project, the company assimilated and consolidated some guiding principles, which later became fundamental and indispensable values, among which “Quality above all.” Although initially it seemed the most difficult and demanding path, proceeding according to traditional criteria later proved to be a winning choice: the careful, almost maniacal selection of raw materials, the preparation methodology tied to tradition, and the direct use of aromatic and medicinal herbs became the strengths that allowed Bagnoli not only to grow and expand but also to become a significant entity in the international liquor landscape within a few years.

Today, the company is committed to a dual objective: on one hand, to consolidate its revenue in Italy, and on the other, to decisively target foreign markets, especially where the “Made in Italy” label represents an added value.

“Ciò che è importante non cambia”

Madre teresa di Calcutta

A short but profound poem by Mother Teresa of Calcutta best encapsulates the spirit that has always accompanied the company, made up of men and women who daily commit themselves and give their best, in search of satisfaction and shared values.