Constantina has always been a land of vineyards. Since ancient times the Romans, who called the wine "cocolubis", appreciated it so much that they took it to Rome with them.
At the end of the 16th century, there was such a large production of grapes that the surplus wine was transformed into spirits and that's when the first anisette industries started to emerge. In the five-year period from 1898 to 1903 there were twelve anisette factories in Constantina with an annual production of 291,270 litres.
In the 1940s, years of maximum production in this liquor industry, eighteen anisette factories, five wine export cellars and two alcohol factories were registered in Constantina. It is at that time that José García González arrived in Constantina and began to work as the manager of the factory that marketed "La Gitana" anisette, but in 1961 he decided to go independent and found his own factory, which he named "La Violetera" due to the admiration he felt for "Sara Montiel".
The guided tour of La Violetera distillery consists of showing the history and tradition of our industry.
We explain the history of Constantina, the emergence and development of the anisette industry and how the distillates are made in the traditional way, focusing on our speciality, SOUR CHERRY CREAM. The explanation is accompanied by an audiovisual presentation.
Finally, we tell some stories about other brands of anisette that existed in Constantina. The tour ends with a product tasting and the signing of the visitors' book, where visitors can write their impressions of the experience.
The tour begins with an explanation of the history, tradition and local cuisine of this industry. We explain the history of Constantina, the emergence and development of the anisette industry and how these distillates are made in the traditional way, focusing on our specialty, Sour Cherry Cream, with videos to illustrate the explanations.
Finally, we tell some stories about other brands of anisette that existed in Constantina in the museum located in the distillery itself. The tour ends with a tasting of our products.
De lunes a viernes de 10:00 a 14:00h y de 17:00 a 20:30h.
Sábado de 10:00 a 14:00h.
Domingos y festivos cerrado.