Since 1872, the Rutte Distillery has been making gins, genevers and liqueurs in Dordrecht, using traditional methods and only the very best ingredients. Visit our distillery or join us in our tasting room.
“I get to use the well-kept knowledge gathered by generations of craftsmanship by the Rutte family and use it to distill the beautiful spirits available to you today. That’s not just a job; that’s a big smile on my face, every day!”
As soon as you enter our building, you’ll smell the smells of yore. This is a place untouched by time. Our building, housing our distillery and shop, is still in its original state. We will first welcome you in our historic Tasting Room, which was once Simon Rutte’s living room. Five generations of distillers lived and worked here. It’s clear to see, It’s clear to smell, and it’s clear to taste.
Rutte’s history is rich in anecdotes and fun facts, and we’ll gladly introduce you to this remarkable past. We explain how we make our special products and which fruits, spices and herbs we use. Of course, we’ll also show you the stills in our distillery, as well as taking you to the aging room, where our drinks lie in oak barrels until they have reached full maturity.
The art of distillation has been passed down from father to son for generations. We still make our gins and genevers the very same way as our founder, Simon Rutte, did in 1872 from the small back room in our Dordrecht distillery: with love, by hand.
Simon was able to add exotic spices and fruits to his creations because they were transported to the ports of Dordrecht by sailing ships. His spirits quickly gained in popularity, after which he decided to convert the front of his family’s pub into a liquor store. To this day, this is where you’ll find the Rutte shop (open Monday through Saturday).
The Rutte family originally came from the south of Holland. They moved to Rotterdam in the 18th century. By the middle of that century they were already involved in the distilling business.
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