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Malfy Gin creator Denis Muni dies

Torino Distillati master distiller Denis Muni, who was behind the development of Malfy Gin, died this week from cancer.

Denis Muni
Denis Muni created Malfy Gin and Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto

Muni has worked in the drinks industry for 30 years, including two decades at Italy’s Torino Distillati.

In a statement, Torino Distillati called Muni an “incredible person” and a “celebrated, respected industry figure, recognised for his talent, craft and dedication to creating world-class spirits”.

Muni’s funeral was held this week in his home city of Turin, Italy. He is survived by his wife and son.

During his career, Muni developed aperitivo brands Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto and Hotel Starlino, and Malfy Gin.

Pernod Ricard acquired the super-premium Italian gin in June 2019, and made an undisclosed investment in Italicus in March 2020.

Since its acquisition of Malfy in 2019, Pernod Ricard has tripled the Italian brand’s sales to 400,000 nine-litre cases as of 2023.

Established in 1906, Torino Distillati is based in Moncalieri, located in the Piedmont region of Italy.

Historically, the area was known for producing liqueurs, with Carpano, Cinzano and Martini Rossi all based nearby.

Owned by the Vergnano family, Torino Distillati produces liqueurs, brandy, grappa, syrups and non-alcoholic drinks.

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