Our spirits today are the result of seven generations of Rutte fathers meticulously teaching their sons the art of distillation, always with a passion for craft. We still hand-make our gins and genevers in the same tiny back-room where our founder, Simon Rutte, concocted his first spirits back in 1872.
Simon, with access to exotic spices and fruits from the Dutch East Indies, put them to good use in the still. Soon his spirits were so popular that he transformed the family’s store-front café out front into a liquor store. Thus, Rutte Distillateurs was born.
We haven’t changed much since our origination. The family’s former living room continues to welcome guests as Rutte’s tasting room. In the back, walls of spices and botanicals surround the Vulkaan 4, our fourth copper pot still. Frankly, we have been a bit stubborn about growth.We are the custodians of a great heritage, our zeal for craft can only be achieved through our hands-on, intimate production. We are the smallest distillery in Holland, but that’s just the way we like it.