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31 Colorful Years
A Family Story

CHARBAY Distillery & Winery is an independent family business owned and managed by Miles and Susan Karakasevic.

They work side by side with their son Marko & his wife, Jenni, to carry on the inherited artisan traditions.

The family is one of the early pioneers in the modern American artisan distillery movement. They began distilling in California in 1983 with Alambic Pot Still Brandy and haven't stopped since. They also make wines, ports and aperitifs - using brandy they distill in their Alambic Pot Still.

Marko is Generation XIII to carry on the family's European heritage of fermenting & distilling. It's hard to find someone with a more spontaneous love of the art form,  grounded in solid experience. His 25-year apprenticeship covered every category of distilling. Only when he'd sourced, distilled and taken to market his very own spirit, his father said he'd earned the right to be called a Master Distiller.

This family is hands on and it shows in the quality of everything they bottle. Their sincerity is appreciated by writers and consumers alike. Robert Plotkin, a present day authority, said:

"No one family in the history of our great Union has contributed more to the welfare and general happiness of her citizens."

Based in Napa Valley, the family lives and works amidst peaceful pine trees on Spring Mountain above St. Helena - affectionately known as "The Still on the Hill".

Creativity and passion are grounded with a powerful professional background.