Heritage Wine Cellars is and always has been evolving. We are keenly observing the changing trends in America’s wine & spirits landscape. We agreed that what has been called “America’s renaissance of spirits” identified a niche for craft spirits and entered the world of craft spirits in October 2012.
Legacy Spirits, our craft spirit division celebrates our maverick national spirit by presenting the best of the craft distilling movement. Craft distilleries are vigilant operations making spirits in small batches, often producing less in a year than multi-national, branded distilleries bottle in an hour. The large, continuous stills used by major producers are replaced by hand-operated pot stills. Pot stills are labor-intensive but allow the craft distiller better control over flavors, and leave room for experimentation. This allows craft distillers to focus on local ingredients and envelope-pushing techniques to make small volume batches of unique, high quality spirits. As recently as the late 1990’s, there were only a handful of craft distillers in the U.S. Now, there are more than 200, igniting fires beneath small copper pot stills located in any type of business big enough to house them. Within the span of a single generation, there exists an entire and varied sub-category of distinctive spirits made by creative, entrepreneurial individuals looking to expand the horizons for homegrown spirits. Their collective mission is a new breed of distilled beverages, distinctively American that stands a philosophy apart from over-hyped, soulless mainstream offerings. We honor these new pioneers and savor their handmade products and are proud to represent them in the Illinois market.