Le Purnalet was born a long time ago. Its origins date back to the Gallo-Roman period. Oral tradition tells us that at that distant period, the Romans planted vines on the southern slope of the Deister.

To do this, they uprooted the mulberry and blackthorn trees. But the vines did not resist the poverty of the soil or the rigors of the Ardennes winter. They withered away and nature regained its rights, and the primitive flora reappeared even more vigorously.

If the occupier failed miserably in his attempt at winemaking, our ancestors already knew the secret of the “Purnalet”. The picked sloes were macerated in large glazed terracotta pots (quite similar to the present-day La Roche sandstone), with a certain dosage of sugar and neutral brandy.

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Rue de Cielle, 26

6980 La Roche-en-Ardenne


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