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Francesco S. Viola and Nick Britsky, from NickDrinks.com, joined Ann Marie in the WXYZ studio

Francesco S. Viola and Nick Britsky, from NickDrinks.com, joined Ann Marie in the WXYZ studio to discuss the release of Luca Mariano Distillery's Francesco S. Viola Signature Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

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First Taste and discussion of Bottle #1 of our Signature Single Barrel Bourbon.

Francesco S. Viola joined Nick Britsky, from NickDrinks.com, to discuss and taste Bottle #1 of the Francesco S. Viola Signature Single Barrel Bourbon.



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Luca Mariano Distillery Unveils Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

The 'Ville interviewed Francesco S. Viola about his upcoming release of the Francesco S. Viola Signature Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Prohibition. The article includes Luca Mariano Distillery's ties to Prohibition, which makes the upcoming release so special!

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Discussing Home Distilling with Luca Mariano and Nick Drinks

Nick Drinks sat down with Francesco S. Viola. Fellow Sicilian and founder of Luca Mariano Distillery. We sampled their Old Americana Bourbon and Small Batch Rye as well as learning about their companies history, his families connection to prohibition (and the mob) and their future.

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Christmas Gifts with Luca Mariano Distillery

Francesco S. Viola and Gianna Viola joined Melissa Smith and Haleigh Vaughn in studio to discuss Christmas music, great bourbon, and holiday gifts!

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The Luca Mariano Distillery - Midday Kentucky

This Danville Distillery is bringing the party to three Liquor Barn locations where you can enjoy samples and 5$ Cocktails made with their products!

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The Old Americana Band - Midday Kentucky

The Old Americana Band brings good music, good people, and great bourbon together, and they are headlining the Luca Mariano Distillery Liquor Barn tour!

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Luca Mariano distillery project clears P&Z hurdle in Danville

Danville’s planning and zoning commission has approved a future land-use map amendment that enables a large distillery project to move forward on the east side of town.

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Luca Mariano Distillery - ABC 13

Francesco S. Viola, owner of Luca Mariano Distillery, joined Valerie Lego, of ABC 13 On Your Side, to talk about the launch party for Luca Mariano Rye happening in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Mackinac Island. Following Francesco's segment, Rachele Lynae and Tilman Acker of The Old Americana Band performed You + Me = Love.

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Luca Mariano Distillery - Fox 17

The Old Americana Band, featuring Jordan Kirkdorffer and Rachele Lynae, joined Todd Chance on Fox 17 Morning Mix Soundstage. Before performing Get Lost live on air, Kenny Fuller talked with Todd about how The Old Americana Band got started.

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Luca Mariano Distillery - ABC 36

Francesco S. Viola stopped by Midday Kentucky to talk about the release of Old Americana Bourbon and Luca Mariano Rye and Luca Mariano Distillery's Kentucky launch party!

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The Old Americana Band - Midday Kentucky

Francesco S. Viola, Jordan Kirkdorffer, and Kenny Fuller joined Amber Freeman of Midday Kentucky to talk about how The Old Americana Band was started. Check out Jordan Kirkdorffer and Kenny Fuller performing"Get Lost" on Midday Kentucky!

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Breaking Bourbon Luca Mariano Review

Breaking Bourbon reviews Luca Mariano Small Batch Rye Whiskey!

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WPHM Interview

Listen to Francesco S. Viola on 1380 am WPHM Sports radio. During this interview, Francesco talks about the distilling process, what makes our product different from other bourbon and whiskeys out on the market, and Luca Mariano's involvement in the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Races.

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Rev It Up Racing Live

Francesco S. Viola and Jerame Jaroniewski, the race car driver Luca Mariano sponsors, live on"Rev It Up Racing Show." Francesco and Jerame talked about the 2019 season, how its been with Luca Mariano as a sponsor, and the possibility of Francesco getting behind the wheel of the modified stock car!

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Celebrating with Cocktails: Francesco Viola is Back

Francesco S. Viola made an adult Shirley Temple with Luca Mariano Old Americana Bourbon. In this drink he used Cherry Syrup, but said Strawberry. Francesco has been making too many Strawberry Bourbon Iced Teas this summer! This Cherry Bourbon drink is a fun summer drink and a good drink for the Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI.

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National Bourbon Day with Luca Mariano

Owner of Michigan-based Luca Mariano Francesco Viola came in to celebrate National Bourbon Day with us!

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Luca Mariano Distillery debuts Old Americana Bourbon

It’s thirsty Thursday here on ‘the four’ and we wanted to introduce you to Francesco Viola. There are currently two of his products on the market. The distillery honors the memory of Francesco’s grandfather Mariano and his son, Luca.

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Raise glass to toast this new Michigan bourbon

There's something new in the D that's made in Kentucky, but it calls Michigan home. It's Old Americana Bourbon and creator Francesco S. Viola joined Jason Carr in studio. Three batches of the bourbon have been distilled and made and are being unveiled at events across metro Detroit.

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Local Man Launches Luca Mariano Bourbon

Northville resident Francesco Viola is launching a new bourbon on Friday, April 26 at a launch part at Cantoro in Plymouth called Luca Mariano Old Americana Kentucky Straight, made in Danville, Kentucky. He stopped by the Fox2 News studios along with Melissa Davis of Cantoro to talk about the drink and the launch party.

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Michigan man introduces Luca Mariano bourbon to metro Detroit market

As he uncorked a bottle of the first batch of his Luca Mariano bourbon one afternoon last week, Northville's Francesco S. Viola was unwrapping a family treasure that was more than five years in the making. From the distinctive, eye-catching label aborning the uniquely-shaped bottle to the down-to-the-smallest-detail ingredients in the spirits inside, the newest addition to the world's bourbon market had Viola's vision and signature written all over it.

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Study from distillers’ association shows industry’s impact on economy

According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the bourbon industry has resulted in $8.6 billion added to the state’s yearly economy, generating more than 20,000 jobs and $235 million in local and state tax revenue. Locally, Wilderness Trail Distillery definitely has contributed to those numbers. Co-owner Shane Baker said when he and Pat Heist began Ferm Solutions 13 years ago — providing research, product development, engineering and technical services to the ethanol and distilled spirit industries — they had meetings in a hallway, with three employees. After Wilderness Trail Distillery set up shop, now Luca Mariano Distillery is next in line. It’s owner, Francesco Viola, said he has a 12-year plan that involves between $20 million and $50 million of investment in a 240-acre property, involving restoration of the historic William Crow House to serve as a visitors center, rickhouses, a bottling facility, a restaurant and cabins for overnight visits. KDA says the number of distilleries in Kentucky has more than tripled to 68 in the last decade.

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Drinking stories: The man behind Danville’s newest distillery project shares his vision for 240-acre farm

Boyle County has attracted another distillery project, but approval of state incentives and a zone change are still needed to solidify the plans. A bright red sign along Ky. 52 on the eastern outskirts of Danville now announces the plans for Luca Mariano Distillery. Francesco Viola, owner of the brand, said he has a 12-year plan that involves between $20 million and $50 million of investment in the 240-acre property. The plan involves restoring the historic William Crow House that still stands on the farm to make it a visitors center, as well as rickhouses for storing whiskey barrels, a bottling facility, even a restaurant and cabins for overnight visits. “Those are the things we’ll be focusing on first,” Viola said, explaining he has already been distilling and aging Luca Mariano bourbon and rye whiskeys at Wilderness Trail Distillery on the other side of Danville, and intends to continue using that distillery for quite some time. Viola hosted a private party on the property Saturday to announce his plans, featuring live music, a bounce house for kids, Wilderness Trail bourbon and a whole hog roast by local BBQ expert Mike Southerland. But there’s a caveat to the announcement, said Dan Campbell, the real estate agent who finalized the property purchase in 2017 and represents Viola and Luca Mariano Distillery locally.

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William Crow House was built in 1783

The William Crow House, the first stone house built in this area before Kentucky became a state in 1792, sits at the end of a lane off Lancaster Road. It was built around 1783. The house is reportedly the only house in Kentucky erected by an original James Harrod pioneer and as the county lines changed, it has been located in three counties, Lincoln, Mercer and Boyle. William was the son of John Crow, the founder of Danville. Both were members of the Harrod band of permanent settlers of 1774 and both were granted land by the Virginia Land Court because of their settlements. The Crow property has had many owners over the years and the house is currently being renovated and used as part of a new distillery.

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Drinking stories: The man behind Danville’s newest distillery project shares his vision for 240-acre farm

Boyle County has attracted another distillery project, but approval of state incentives and a zone change are still needed to solidify the plans. A bright red sign along Ky. 52 on the eastern outskirts of Danville now announces the plans for Luca Mariano Distillery. Francesco Viola, owner of the brand, said he has a 12-year plan that involves between $20 million and $50 million of investment in the 240-acre property. The plan involves restoring the historic William Crow House that still stands on the farm to make it a visitors center, as well as rickhouses for storing whiskey barrels, a bottling facility, even a restaurant and cabins for overnight visits. “Those are the things we’ll be focusing on first,” Viola said, explaining he has already been distilling and aging Luca Mariano bourbon and rye whiskeys at Wilderness Trail Distillery on the other side of Danville, and intends to continue using that distillery for quite some time. Viola hosted a private party on the property Saturday to announce his plans, featuring live music, a bounce house for kids, Wilderness Trail bourbon and a whole hog roast by local BBQ expert Mike Southerland. But there’s a caveat to the announcement, said Dan Campbell, the real estate agent who finalized the property purchase in 2017 and represents Viola and Luca Mariano Distillery locally.

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