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Brunello - Rosso di Montalcino - Elisire di Santa Caterina - SPECIAL EDITION
From a long tradition, Dominican friars have always produced wine and spirits.
We offer excellent Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino together with the Elixir of Santa caterina (an ancient liqueur).
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St. Catherine’s elixir is definitely the most mysterious liqueur produced in the
territories around Siena. According to the legend, shrouded in mystery, the
recipe reached Siena thanks to some Friars who had come back from the Holy
Land. Once they arrived in Siena, a city with a huge spice market, the Friars
decided to leave the elixir as a present to St. Domenico Church, where Catherine
had just entered the ‘Mantellate’ order.
We will never know how much of this is real: but what is certain is that the old
recipe is a perfect mix between eastern and western tradition.
The success of the product lies in the aura of mystery that surrounds it, even
today. For centuries the church has done nothing to promote the elixir that is
sold on demand by word of mouth. The elixir thus lives a secret and almost
The story becomes clearer just after the Second World War, with the rise of
new innovative distilleries.
On 22nd August 1947, in St. Domenico Street, 2, Arturo Soldatini established
E.S.C.A. (“St. Catherine’s Elixir”), a firm devoted to the production and trade
of refined liqueurs – among which, the elixir itself. That day marks the end of
the elixir’s secrecy and the beginning of its current-day production. On 19th
October 1952, the CIDA-ESCA firm for the production of liqueurs is born.
The firm rises and falls like its elixir and is active until the early 1980s under
different names and partners.
With the firm’s closure, the production of the elixir also stops and the elixir is
Today, thanks to accurate historical research carried out by Bagoga and the
Deta distillery from Barberino Val d’Elsa, it is still possible to taste this old liqueur
produced according to the original recipe.
The liqueur is a successful infusion of herbs and spices with unique aroma and
flavour: it combines the sacred and the profane, taking us back to Middle-Age