Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Characterised its straw-covered bottle, Germana is one of the most famous cachaças in Brazil. The ‘straw’ is in fact dried banana leaves which prevent the cachaça being exposed to light and help maintain its quality.
The Germana recipe stems from a family tradition that began with the family’s patriarch, Sergio Caetano. Since then, the secrets and cares of its distillation have been passed down from generation to generation.
Click HERE to read an Interview conducted by Liquidity from South Africa with Walter Caetano, master distiller of Germana Cachaca.
Minas Gerais is one of the most important states of the federation of Brazil, from an economic, cultural, political and historical point of view. In the middle of the eighteenth century, the discovery of gold and diamonds led the small town called Vila Rica de Ouro Preto to become one of the most important cities in the world for decades, having over 100,000 inhabitants when Buenos Aires and New York had only 10,000 each.
The race for gold in Minas Gerais was the largest in the world of all time, surpassing those of California and Siberia. This race, however, was short lived as the whole supply was depleted in only 50 years, causing the dispersal of tens of thousands of people, a phenomenon which explains the huge number of cities, the population and the impressive diversity and cultural richness of Minas Gerais. The name Germana means something genuine, pure, without mixing.
It also stems from the cultural-religious phenomenon occurred at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when a nun called Germana living next to a famous sanctuary (Church of Our Lady of Mercy), was overtaken by trances and mystical revelations of nature. She was also known for preparing a medicine from cachaça and herbs which would attract pilgrims.
When the Caetano family decided to start producing cachaça on their Vista Alegre ranch, they resolved to pay homage to the custom of the region and its religious tradition by naming their cachaça after the mystical one, Germana.