The history of the Caffo family business dates back to the end of the nineteenth century, when Giuseppe Caffo, the Master Distiller, class of 1865, began distilling pomace on the side of volcanic Mount Etna. After years of experience trading and managing distilleries, his dream became reality when in 1915 he bought an old distillery in Santa Venerina, Sicily.
The then youthful Sebastiano Caffo (1901) began to learn his father’s secrets of such an ancient and noble profession, soon becoming a "Master Distiller” himself. He demonstrated his ability to not only manage the family business, but also other distilleries which he took over, including the San Paolo Distillery in Noto and Castiglione Distillery in Sicily. In the meantime, the other “Caffo Brothers”, sons of the founder, gained experience in the sector, having returned after twenty years from Australia, with the intention of expanding the family business. And so, the company “Fratelli Caffo-Distillerie of alcohol, brandy and tartaric products” came about.