The distillery was founded 40 years ago by Raymond
Gatinel. By that time, he was a farmer and a
"traveling boiler". He had a cart equipped with a
distillation, starting in October of each year,, he
went from farm to farm,distilled for distillers:
farmers and small producers who had a
government-issued license, passed on from generation
to generation, and which allowed them to distill a
small amount of brandy (20 liters of 50 ° brandy).
this is known as a privilege, and can be no more
transmitted to descendants from the late 1950.
This work was extended to the end of 1960. Then he
wanted to make it a full-time job and applied a
professional distiller's license. He began to buy
fruits from local producers and distilled into
"Water of Life", then sold to the tourists in the
tourist season. the customers are restaurants,
grocery stores, wineries, companies, individuals,
local supermarkets ...
At the beginning, he only selected several local
fruits: plums, walnuts, chestnuts. The majority of
his customers appreciate the quality of the "Water
of Life", so he began to expand the selection of
fruits: the most characteristic fruits of the
region: Greengages Plums, Prunes, Cashew Nuts,
Cherries, Raspberries, Brown, etc..
In the beginning of the career, he had his wife to
help him, later his son Jacques also joined in the
development of the distillery. Nowadays this
distillery remains family management and handmade.
Customers are still restaurants, spice shop, wine
cellar, companies, individuals and local markets.