In Stanz bei Landeck, there are about 150 households and 54 stillhouses that are still in use.
Image gallery: Distillery village of Stanz
Considering that the municipality has got 650 inhabitants only, it is even more impressive that the municipality boasts 54 stillhouses. In 2005 Stanz has been declared the first distillery village of Austria. From generation to generation the knowledge about distilling has been passed on. At the moment the association "Brennereidorf Stanz" counts 38 members and currently 12 distilleries that you can all visit.
Also the fact that the highland is one of the highest-located fruit-growing areas promotes this activity. This is where the famous plums of Stanz grow, that made this area become a designated "Austrian Culinary Region" (Genussregion Österreichs). In a guided tour in one of the distilleries you can take a closer look at the work of a schnaps distiller and taste some of the noble beverages. The aroma and the sugar content of the plums is by the way known beyond borders.
The distillates have been awarded with several prizes in the frame of the "Tiroler Landesverkostung", "Destillata", "Goldenes Stamperl Wieselburg" and "world spirits award“. Since 2010 the local event "brenn.kunst.stanz" has been organised, in the frame of which plum distillates are offered for tasting. Even a book with recipes basing on the plums of Stanz is now available. Enjoy tasting these delicacies!
depending on the distillery
12 of the 54 distilleries can be visited: Zangerle Erwin, Auer Markus, Gruber Franz, Nothdurfter Stefan, Lechleitner Franz Josef, Reheis Andreas, Kössler Christoph, Mader Max, Kössler Alfred, Senn Paul, Schimpfößl Josef, Wörz Stefan.