RAFF DISTILLERIE WAS FOUNDED IN EARLY 2011 BY MASTER DISTILLER CARTER RAFF. HE HAS BEEN DISTILLING FOR 15 YEARS AND MAKING WINE FOR OVER 25.
His love of spirits started early. He was fascinated by the multitudes of products available, all unique tasting with beautiful bottles and labels. It was as much about the art of the packaging as the taste. After years of experimentation with different wines and alcohols, he was given the opportunity to join a distillery already established on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. Treasure Island Distillery started in the old Navy Brig and was without a still. Carter, having built dozens of stills large and small, was already gathering the necessary materials for building a production still in hopes of starting his own distillery. When this opportunity presented itself it was a match made in heaven. He continued to fabricate the stills from scratch; machining every single part from raw bars of metal. He built the main production still and the ¼ scale lab version for making test batches. Most of the complementary equipment for the distillery was also fabricated from scratch.