• between the two wars
  • between the two wars
  • between the two wars

After Campagna’s death in 1919, Lindo Pagura’s (1900-1935) first steps at the distillery were very promising: in 1923 his grappa was awarded the gold medal at the International Labour Exhibition in Milan.
After such as important event, Lindo Pagura decided to change the name of the distillery into Premiata Distilleria Pagura (Prizewinning Pagura Distillery) and to create labels incorporating the logo of the award. In our distillery, we still keep the old hand-engraved lithographic stone used to print the labels at that time.
The second thing Lindo must be credited for is surely his decision to marry Giovanna Mistruzzi, a woman from “the good old days” with unlimited determination. She became a widow in 1935 at Lindo’s death when she was only 34 years old, with two small children to raise: 12 year-old Domenico and 7 year-old Luigina. On her own, she bravely managed to run the distillery and look after her family during the terrible years of the Second World War. She hid her son Domenico, who in 1943 was employed in compulsory military service. When they were looking for Domenico (fortunately they did not find him), the Germans, the Italian Fascists and the Partisans (the unofficial army fighting for the liberation of the country) seized grappa from the distillery on many occasions.
But Giovanna was a brave woman and never surrendered. She borrowed money and kept running the distillery in spite of the harsh circumstances.
We are very grateful to Giovanna for being able to protect our precious distillery.