Uncork the flavour of the Saar

One of the most fascinating wine regions in Germany is situated in the tri-border region between Germany, Luxembourg and France where the Saar meets the Mosel. Here in the region of the Saar where the most valued Riesling-Producers of the whole country are located in between gently curved hills, the story of the Riesling-Infused Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin begins in 2013.

Inspired by our heritage

Bottle of the Gin with botanicals on a wooden cask

Our Products

Discover our Gin, which reflects its own region in all their geographical and cultural uniqueness while seeking for an excellent qualitiy.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin

Saar Dry Gin

The recipe of the Riesling-infused Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin is a tribute to the fertile landscape of the Saar region. Over 30 finely tuned botanicals, mainly from our own cultivation and our region, combined with the finest Riesling grapes from the great Saarburger Rausch vineyard, ensure the ultimate drinking pleasure.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's Saar Quince

Saar Quince

Freshly harvested muscatel quinces, a rare pear quince variety, from our own cultivation and an infusion of our Rausch Kabinett form the basis for our regional homage to the British Sloe Gin.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's Goldcap


Only the heart of the annual special edition and very special ingredients find their way into the Goldcap. This extra small batch has a very special character. Only the best from the vineyard is used for the infusion: Auslese Goldcap grapes make this distillate a unique limited bottling.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's Dry Vermouth

Dry Vermouth

The large south-facing Saarburger Rausch site, its rough Devonian slate soils and the cool climate of the Saar form the perfect basis for the world's first Riesling Vermouth.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's White Vermouth

White Vermouth

Ferdinand's White Vermouth is carefully matured in Mosel barrel barrels. This ensures the perfect balance between the acidity and fruitiness of the Riesling and the botanicals from the vineyard.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's Red Vermouth

Red Vermouth

Ferdinand's Red Vermouth is a relatively fruity and complex representative of its category. The green walnut gives it a very special kind of bitterness and local red fruits round off the taste in an extraordinary way.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's Rosé Aperitif

Rosé Aperitif

Our Riesling-based rosé aperitif is the perfect homage to the blossoming spring and the long, warm summers in the Saar Valley. A bitter-sweet symphony carefully crafted with regional ingredients such as local rhubarb, red vineyard peach and elderflower.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's Verjus Cordial

Verjus Cordial

Natural fruit juice syrup rectified from unripe or green grapes from the Riesling vine in the Saar region.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's 0,0 G&T Cordial

0,0 G&T Cordial

Ferdinand's G&T Cordial has been specially developed to capture the full aromatic range of our popular Saar Dry Gin without alcohol and at the same time combines all the important flavorings of a high-quality tonic water. Simply fill up 1/4 Cordial on ice with 3/4 soda.

Produktabbildung von Ferdinand's 0,0 Rosé Aperitif

0,0 Rosé Aperitif

Ferdinand's 0.0 Rosé Aperitif Cordial offers the perfect non-alcoholic base for fruity and tart aperitif drinks. Raspberry, cranberry, bitter orange, elderflower and mango combined with classic botanicals of a bitter such as vermouth, allspice and juniper bring you the fullest taste! Simply fill up 1/4 Cordial on ice with 3/4 soda.

The Makers

The brothers Denis Reinhardt and Erik Wimmers as well as their friends Andreas Vallendar, Master Disitiller, and Dorothee Zilliken, VDP winery Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken, are the makers of Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin. Sharing the passion for high-qualitiy spirits these four friends created a unique handcrafted product driven by the idea of an aromatic reproduction of their home region.

Photo of the winemaker Dorothee Zilliken


Wine producer Dorothee Zilliken is running the traditional VDP vinery Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken together with her parents since 2007. After successfully completing her studies in viniculture, viticulture and oenology in Geisenheim and a variety of practical training with well-known vintners, Dorothee dedicates herself to the vinery with great expertise, joy and commitment. Her top-quality wines are much sought after throughout the world and have secured her a place among the top international group of Riesling producers.

Photo of Andreas Vallendar


Master Distiller Andreas Vallendar has won wide recognition both nationally and internationally among connoisseurs and the trade press alike. Having finished his studies in beverage technology, the chemical laboratory technician founded the Avadis Distillery. The Vallendar family has been distilling spirits for several generations founded in 1824. Today Andreas runs a modern bonded distillery with an awareness of tradition and innovation.

Photo of Denis Reinhardt and Erik Wimmer

Denis Reinhardt
Erik Wimmers

The brothers Denis Reinhardt and Erik Wimmers, managing directors of a sales agency specialized in spirits and passioned wine connoisseurs, originally had the idea to create a „Riesling inspired Gin“. By cooperating with two traditional producers whose ancenstors already characterized the style and reputation of the region their aiming for highest quality is more than fulfilled.


Named after the first local Royal Prussian district forester Ferdinand Geltz, Ferdinand's takes its inspiration from the bountiful Saar region and their traditions always the guiding principle „inspired by our heritage“ in mind.

Symbol for climate


Nestled between steep valley sides, the Saar region enjoys a unique micro-climate. Summers end late, with long, warm days ripening the fruits, and cold nights retaining the signature acidity. The gentle breezes caress the vines and fruit trees and nature brings forth its rewards each year with a bountiful harvest.

Symbol for terroir


The Saar winds its way leisurely through mineral-rich shale soil, where generations old vines cling to the valley sides. The topography, geology and climatic conditions bless this ancient region with a treasure trove of flora and fauna. Many of these local flowers, fruits and herbs form part of the botanical cornucopia used in Ferdinand’s spirits.

Symbol for provenance


The Vallendar family have been distilling fine spirits for several generations in the sleepy village of Wincheringen. Here, artisanship and alchemy combine, with the results being deeply rooted in the proud traditions of the region. The true essence of the Saar – an elegant combination of old world crafts and fresh inspirations – distilled to perfection.

Symbol for Riesling


Known as the „Queen of white grapes”, the delicate, distinctive and highly aromatic Riesling wines produced over three centuries by the world-renowned Forstmeister-Geltz Zilliken VDP-Estate, are at the heart of Ferdinand’s spirits. These wines form part of the legacy of the Saar-Moselle region, historically one of the most important wine growing areas in Europe.

Symbol for tradition


The Saar has always been an important confluence of regional traditions and ideas. Ferdinand’s spirits – named after one of the figureheads and guardians of these local traditions; Royal Prussian Forester, Ferdinand Geltz (1851-1925) – are steeped in the character and heritage of the region, and faithfully uphold our duty to protect this unique eco-system.

Photos of botanicals used in our gin


The herbs, spices and fruits used in our gin are delicately balanced and are mainly cultivated by oureselves. All our botanicals are hand-picked. Our own red vineyard peaches, quince- and rubinette apple trees are growing right behind the distillery delivering a richly flavoured fruity taste. The lavender comes from fallow vineyards in the Konzer Tälchen. Almost all our botanicals are cultivated in the garden.

Graphically designed periodic table of botanicals used in our gin


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