Antica Erboristena dott. CAPPELLETTI sas

Viale Europa 9, 38060 Aldeno - Trento
Telephone +39 0461 841009
Fax +39 0461 840891

Hall map

ProWein 2018 hall map (Hall 15): stand G61

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ProWein 2018 fairground map: Hall 15

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.07  OTHER WINES
  • 01.07.08  Wine-based drinks

Wine-based drinks

  • 03  SPIRITS
  • 03.08  Licores
  • 03.08.03  Herb liqueurs

Our products

Product category: Herb liqueurs

Amaro Trentino

The herbs from the mountains of Trentino, such as the sweetscented bedstraw, peppermint, centaury, gentian, create a high quality product and confer a rare elegance of taste.

An historical product, born at the end of the 50s, whose label has remained unaltered over time, represents our territory and serves as a wonderful (and tasty) memento for the tourist to take home.

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Product category: Herb liqueurs

Elisir dello Speziale

The personal elixir of the founder (“Speziale” was was called the 19th century pharmacist): exotic spices and Trentino herbsblended in delightful harmony.

The formula, like the ingredients, has remained unaltered over time. Particular care is invested in the preparation while the right production time is of an essence and the methods and instructions for each single spice is fully respected. This is one of the secrets to the harmony and effectiveness of this amaro.

A tip; serve in small glasses as one often leads to another…

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Product category: Herb liqueurs

Amaro sfumato Rabarbaro

The term Sfumato derives from the italian word for smoke "fumo".

It is traditionally associated with a style of Renaissance painting characterized by subtle transitions between areas of dark and light.

This speaks directly to the profil of this amaro wich marries a dark smokiness with nuanced bitter woodsiness from alpine herbs and notes of sweet alpine berries.

The production of a rabarbaro liqueur by the amari and aperitivi producer Cappelletti dates back almost a century.

The main ingredient is a special Chinese Rhubarb for generations grown in Trentino Alto Adige e Veneto , where it has long been used in a variety of amari.

Sfumato offers a taste profile that resonates with the character and history of the region


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About us

Company details

The herbalist’s, Antica Erboristeria dott. Cappelletti, producer of bitters, liqueurs, and grappas, is not a novelty set up in response to the renewed interest in the preparation of herbs or the recent  trend of  ‘back to nature and genuine products’, but was in fact founded as far back  as 1909. This explains why along with modern steel tanks, the traditional hand presses are still used in production.

This family- run company, proud custodian of secret formulas that were passed down from the old herbalist to the grandchildren, remains, however, receptive to new trends and current market demands.

We can proudly say that there are not many Trentino or indeed Italian companies that can celebrate a century of uninterrupted businessin the hands of the same famil.

Outlining the story of this long period means also reflecting on the history of our territory and its evolution that occurred through the forging of a cultural and human heritage which in the case of our business is represented by three key people: Giuseppe Cappelletti, the founder, and Ferrante and Gianpaolo Cappelletti, who further developed the company and adapted it to the changes over time.

Born in Ciago di Vezzano, a small village situated on the scope of Mount Gazza, a short distance from Trento, in 1880, Giuseppe Cappelletti as a boy began to collect and sell the curative herbs growing on his mountains, learning along the way the secrets and traditions of the older, wiser herbalists. In 1909, he and his brothers founded a company, located in Oss Mazzurana, Trento, “to sell wholesale and retail natural herbal remedies”. The company moved to its historical premises in Piazza Fiera in the 20s. He was a herbalist and apothecary of great creativity and ability. After the First World War he started work on his great idea, to bring the benefits of the curative herbs to those who didn’t want to endure long and difficult therapy treatments. So by cleverly mixing the herbs and their extracts with decoctions and infusions he was able create Elisir Novasalus which today is still produced by applying the same principles, respecting the traditional production and rest times. 

On his death his nephew Ferrante (his brother’s son) and children Gianpaolo, Sandra and Corrado took over the running of the company. A qualified herbalist and ardent proponent of the
cultivation of medicinal herbs in the mountains, he engaged in a constant dissemination and education on these topics, contributing advice and formulas to simple-to-understand publications.

The product range was increased and so along with bitters also grappas, sweet liqueurs and Brulè Bacchus were produced.

The business grew and in 1969 the production department was moved to the plant in Ravina, near Trento. Years passed by and Ferrante Cappelletti retired, appointing his three children to run the company.

These were the boom years: Novasalus T-shirts, hats and classroom rulers could be seen everywhere, from sport arenas to public offices. Cappelletti was synonmous with Novasalus and

Liqueurs production was supported by a successful  new line of natural cosmetics products. The company’s range of operations multiplied and so the heirs divided up their responsibilities.

Gianpaolo Cappelletti ran the liqueurs sector – the sole business unit still active today. A man of great culture, eclectic and with an immense love of life and his work, he had long been the public face of the company, investing in the community,  sports and politics. Blessed with a great intuition and acumen, he reinvigorated production with new ideas and products. When the plant in Ravina became too small, Gianpaolo, regardless of his health problems, started the building of a new facility in Aldeno, whose completion he did not survive to see.

He died in September 2001. In spite of the building problems, the bureaucratic obstacles and personal difficulties, thanks to the commitment and cooperation of many people and faithful
customers, the company relaunched with same dedication and production quality which have always stood the company apart over the years.

The shop in Piazza Fiera, Trento, is entrusted to the unfailingly expert hands of Emanuela and Alberto. Currently, the company is run by Gianpaolo’s children – Luigi and Maddalena –the fourth generation, custodian of the ancient formulas and immensely proud of their name.

The 105-year anniversary of Antica Erboristeria dott.Cappelletti is part of Trentino history. A story rooted in great figures of the past and which is still evolving with a youthful spirit, looking to  the future with serenity to the future.

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