In the Josef Mack Pine Oil Distillery, located in the Pillersee Valley, essential vegetable oils have been distilled for already 150 years.
The Josef Mack Pine Oil Distillery (Latschenöl-Brennerei Josef Mack) is a Tyrolean traditional business in St. Ulrich am Pillersee. For more than 150 years now, mountain pines, silver firs, and mountain arnica have been processed into high-quality natural remedies. Already in 1856, Mathias Mack, mayor and pharmacist of Reichenhall, realised the healing power of the mountain pine. His dissertation got lots of exposures, and in the same year he founded a pine oil distillery.
The mountain pine, colloquially known as "Blessing of the mountains", grows at an altitude between 1,500 and 2,300 m a.s.l. 400 kg chopped mountain pine branches are needed to get one litre of the high-quality oil, which is used as a base for plenty of health products.
During a guided tour through the worldwide oldest pine oil distillery interesting details about the pine harvest, the raw material extraction, and the production can be experienced. The range of products comprises essential oils like lavender, lemon, and peppermint oil, fitness products like herbal balm, beauty products like marigold salve, and jojoba oil, and much more. The excellent brandies and liquors can be tasted in the "Tiroler Schnaps-Stadl", the schnapps bar in the barn.
The pine oil distillery stays closed in winter, the summer season 2023 will start in early May.