from 1885


Castle distillery Blatna

The quality and quantity of fruit in South Bohemia inspired Baron Hildprandt to establish the Castle Distillery directly in front of his castle in Blatná in 1885, on the site of the sugar factory he built here in 1812. When he founded the distillery, he certainly did not know that for the next hundred years his family will be expelled from Bohemia to Ethiopia. The fate of his family was literally based on the creed inscribed in the family coat of arms. „Over the obstacles to glory". In the middle of the last century, the Hildprandt family lost all their property and was forcibly evicted from Bohemia. They lived in Ethiopia for some time, later in Germany and members of the Hildprandt family returned to Blatná only in the early 1990s. Today, the Castle Distillery is once again celebrating its fame not only with traditional liqueurs, but also with Baron Hildprandt fruit spirits and Drago new make. Production in the distillery takes place under the careful supervision of the master of distillery, Václav Šitner, who is also President of the Union of Distillers.


Václav Šitner - master distiller

Baron Johan Hildprandt

Storks & The CASTLE distillery

Storks are somehow inherently involved in the Blatná distillery. For many years there was nothing special about it, the storks arrived in the spring, nestled, brought out the young in the summer and they all flew together to the warm countryside in the fall. The last few years, however, storks stayed with us despite the winter. The reason was perhaps the fact that the male came from the kennel and probably had some suppressed natural instincts. He stayed alone for the first winter and his wife returned to him in the spring. In the following years, they were already in a couple. A considerable advantage for them was also the mild winters in recent years.