WE ARE MONTEBELLO
Our rhum lives up to the men and women who, day after day, strive to bring it to life with passion.
Men and women stand behind every Montebello product. They are passionate collaborators who apply their know-how and pass it on from one generation to the other. Together they join their talents to produce and promote our Rhum Agricole.
A family spirit prevails in the distillery. Like a big family, everyone works in a particular way for the development of the Montebello household.
Many Montebello employees have been working here for decades. Some of them even had the chance to know and work side by side with Alain Marsolle.
OUR GUADELOUPEAN TERROIR
Guadeloupe has a unique terroir. An island with a tropical climate: humid in Basse-Terre and hot in Grande-Terre. It is overlooked by a volcano, La Soufrière, that creates microclimates.
Sugar cane takes pleasure growing on the island, pampered between rain and sun.
We work with growers who cut their sugar cane mostly by hand. We respect their hard work in the fields and we work with them for the long term.
Our distillery is the only one in Guadeloupe to use a steam engine to grind sugar cane.
The Montebello distillery covers 2 hectares. On average, 8,000 tonnes of cane are crushed yearly and used exclusively for the production of Rhum Agricole. A high quality rhum that has been repeatedly awarded.
Did you know? To produce 1 gallon of Rhum Agricole you need about 20 pounds of sugar cane.
A family tradition
THE MARSOLLE HEIRS, FROM FATHER TO SON.
The MARSOLLE family, five generations of distillers in Guadeloupe.
Charles Jacques-Edouard MARSOLLE became the pioneer of the family as he entered in 1892 the sugar production activity and later the manufacture of rhum at the “La Lise” estate in Bouillante.
His sons Edouard and André joined him and finally succeeded him at “La Lise”.
His grandson Jean followed the family footsteps by first operating the “La Rose” distillery in Goyave and then taking over the “Carrère” distillery, nested by the roadside in the first hills of the Petit-Bourg comune.