VOL. 129 | NO. 134 | Friday, July 11, 2014
D. Canale to Open Distillery, Public Tasting Facility
By Amos Maki
Longtime Memphis food and beverage wholesaler D. Canale & Co. will develop a spirits distillery and public tasting room at 301 S. Front St. Downtown.
D. Canale & Company, best known as a longtime Memphis food and beverage wholesaler and distributor, will develop a spirits distillery and public tasting room at 301 S. Front St. The facility will be used as the production and bottling facility of a portfolio of ultra premium distilled spirits.
The project will be used as the production and bottling facility for a portfolio of ultra premium distilled spirits. The distillery will begin operating late next summer and will be open to the public in Fall 2015.
The company’s move into distilled spirits represents a return to form for the family business that has longstanding ties to Downtown. After emigrating from Genoa, Italy, and making his professional beginnings in his uncle’s wholesale liquor business, Dominic Canale founded D. Canale & Co. in 1866.. D. Canale & Co. also produced its own portfolio of fine whiskies. Named in honor of D. Canale’s founder, the Old Dominick Brand was one of the largest pre-Prohibition spirits brands in the Southeast.
“We are so eager to be back in business in the city our family has called home for over 150 years” said Chris Canale, president of D. Canale & Co., and Dominic’s great-great-grandson, in a statement. “With this new venture, we are restoring and deepening our commitment to this great city in a major way.”
The project will require 20 – 35 full- and part-time employees. The distillery and tasting room facility is being designed by LRK Inc. and built by Archer Custom Builders. Thoroughbred Spirits Group has been retained as the company’s spirits consultant