VICARIO Savage Cherry Liqueur
Viscole, or Cantiano Cherry, an antique variety of wild sour cherry, grew wild on the farm property at Villa Sant'Andrea, in Cortona, Italy. Working with Isabella della Ragione of Archeologia Arboria, we sought to create an orchard of these marvelous fruits. On the verge of disappearing, the viscole variety used to be very appreciated on homestead farms or wild harvested, as it was convenient to pick and eat the fruits or create jams or liqueurs all in the same day. The fruits never developed much of a commercial presence as they are fragile, need to be hand picked, are consumed by flocks of birds the moment they become ripe, and spoil quickly. We think it is the best cherry overall for liqueur making, and so we monitor them closely, and collect them just before the birds descend.
South Carolina: Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits (800) 922-2224
Georgia: National Distributing Company (404) 696-9440
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California: Skurnik Wines (212) 273-9463