Carmeleta was born around an after-dinner conversation, among orange trees and with Paella as a nexus of union. Grandmother Carmen and the original recipe, macerating citrus fruits and wine by hand, along with roots and native herbs that watered those evenings with the family.
CARMELETA is linked to Valencia, where the best citrus fruits in the world flourish. Whoever loves oranges and citrus fruits, Valencia (Spain) comes to mind. Ancestral tradition of our ancestors whose legacy is the pillar of our house, of their know-how and passion for the land, for their roots.
Nothing is random, everything is orange blossom, smells, flavors that flutter through this integrating land that has been a melting pot of cultures, passion and fire. Valencia cannot be understood without a table talk around a meal, without a Paella, without the sea, without the party, without the sun, the same sun that ripens our oranges.
The tradition of Alchemy, the art of wine distillation
Valencia and the region of La Safor were the cradle of a Renaissance that gave birth to great writers and poets. A Kingdom with a fertile and privileged land, of illustrious knights and Popes. A melting pot of cultures and a land of welcome. Shortly after the conquest of King James I from the Muslims, a family would arrive in Grao de Valencia, from which the greatest medieval alchemist would be born in 1238, Arnau de Vilanovaalong with Geber, Rhazes and Hermes. From this melting pot of cultures he learned Arabic and traveled to Africa perfecting his knowledge in the art of distilling wine, in his obsession to obtain the Elixir of Eternal Youth. He extracted eau-de-vie and the alcohol or spirit of wine, which he learned from the Arabs of the peninsula and was the first to introduce it in the West and throughout the Mediterranean arc, Provence and Italy and from where a culture would develop around wine and its distillates.
The origin of the art of distillation and alchemy around wine was born with that child who would end up being a doctor to the Kings of the court of the Kingdom of Aragon, of Naples and Sicily and of the Popes of Avignon in Provence, France.