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34 Colorful Years
A Family Story

CHARBAY is an independent family business founded by Miles and Susan Karakasevic.

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. 

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.

As of January 2017, Marko and his wife, Jenni, carry on the inherited artisan traditions as they assume operations of Charbay Distillery, Mendocino County, CA. Domaine Charbay Winery & Brandy Distillery in Napa Valley will continue on with Susan & Miles at the helm.

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."

Creativity and passion are grounded with a powerful professional background.

Be sure to visit CharbayWinery.com to learn about Charbay's collection of wines, aperitifs and ports made in Napa Valley.