2 seats open
22. / 23. October 2021
1 space free
26. / 27. November 2021
Sold out
10. / 11. December 2021
07. / 08. January 2022
21. / 22. January 2022
04. / 05. February 2022
18. / 19. February 2022
18. / 19. March 2022
22. / 23. April 2022
20. / 21. May 2022
10. / 11. June 2022
24. / 25. June 2022

There are a limited number of participants, so that each participant can work by himself on a separate still.

Distilling Classes by Dr. Schmickl – the Original

In Klagenfurt am Wörthersee since 1998

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Learn in the distilling classes how to make high-quality alcohol like fruit brandy (Williams’ bon chretien pears, prune plum / slivovitz, obstler, nectarines, cherries,…) and spirits ( How to make gin, absinthe, lemoncello, mochito, ouzo, fruity spirits) at home in theory and practice. The distilling workshop covers the complete alcohol production process, from selecting and preparing fruit, preparing the mash, distilling, proper filling and labeling of the bottles, storage up to composition and mixture of the herbs and spices. See Topics distillation classes for more detail. The participants produce approximately 25 different kinds of spirits in one course. We have made already approximately 50 different kind of spirits, during the distilling classes 16-20 varieties are available for degustation.

You distill alcohol, e.g.: spirits and fruit brandy, with small, license-free copper stills. Participation includes a tasting of precious brandies, spirits, and infusions. Space is limited. Participants of the Distilling-Workshops will work independently with a provided copper still.

Instruction will be thorough and easy to understand, encompassing the entirety of this specialized subject. The distilling classes are intended for interested home distillers and experienced distillers who want to bring their art of fermenting and distilling to perfection by learning new approaches to the classic practice. Each workshop begins on a Friday with theoretical instruction; the practical segment takes the whole Saturday.

Course led by

Bettina Malle, DScTech, MScEng, BBA
Helge Schmickl, DScTech, MScEng, BBA
Authors of the home distilling books The Artisan’s Guide to Crafting Distilled Spirits and Schnapsbrennen als Hobby.

Biography of Malle and Schmickl
Dr. Bettina Malle
Dr. Helge Schmickl

Bettina Malle and Helge Schmickl graduated from the Vienna University of Technology in 1991 with a master of science in chemical engineering and received doctorates in technical sciences in 1993. Each earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the Graduate School of Business Administration Zurich while designing, engineering, and commissioning industrial plants and managing research and development projects. Thereafter they worked as technical and business consultants until 1998.

Malle and Schmickl believe it should be possible for everyone to produce exquisite spirits with fruit and herbs right from the garden. In 1998, they developed their first still, designed to maximize the flavor of alcoholic distillates. That same year, they launched their first webpage and online store and began to host small-scale distilling workshops. They published the results and conclusions of their experiments as well as detailed instructions and many recipes for crafting distilled spirits in their 2003 book Schnapsbrennen als Hobby (The Artisan’s Guide to Crafting Distilled Spirits). It became the standard reference book for home distillers in German-spoken countries and is now in its eleventh Edition.

In the meantime they designed and constructed an optimized still for producing essential oils and hydrosols on a small scale. Due to its special designed condenser and adapted shape, the still makes it possible to obtain plenty of oil and intense hydrosols with only small amounts of base material. The two have hosted essential oil workshops and an online store since 2002 and published the reference book Ätherische Öle selbst herstellen (The Essential Oils Maker’s Handbook) in 2005. The book is now in its sixth edition, and Malle and Schmickl’s still is the preferred device among small-scale users in the fields of phyto-aromatherapy and herbology throughout the German-speaking region. It is widely used in many other courses, workshops, and seminaries as well as in research institutes, universities, colleges, and other educational Services.

In 2008 Schmickl and Malle engineered and constructed a small-scale, modified vinegar generator that is a fixed-bed reactor with immobilized vinegar bacteria. The construction enables the use of miscellaneous packing materials, especially fruit, herbs, and spices, to improve or change the taste of the resulting vinegar. Additionally they developed a method to analyze the residual alcohol content in vinegar, which is simple, cheap, and accurate enough to determine a concentration of 0.1 percent. Their book Essig herstellen als Hobby (The Artisanal Vinegar Maker’s Handbook) was published in 2010, they have hosted vinegar workshops and their vinegar webpage with online store since 2011.

Bettina and Helge have been married since 2002. That same year they moved to Klagenfurt, Carinthia (Austria), where they host their seminars and conduct research and developments in fermenting and distilling. They have two children.


350,– Euro per person (incl. 20% VAT)
For services included, see the Overview of Topics Covered by Distillation Classes.


If you would like to order the distilling seminar as a gift, mark the checkbox I would like a gift certificate on the registration form, and state the name of the recipient in the field underneath. If you would like the recipient to be able to choose the date themselves, select open date under the date. Unless you request otherwise, we will print the gift certificate on special colored paper and send it by regular mail.


We are located in Klagenfurt on Lake Wörthersee in Carinthia (Austria/Europe), a famous holiday area within the Southern Alps. See our contact page for the address. We will provide a list of nearby accommodations of all prices along with your confirmation of course registration.

approx. 1 km distance from highway exit “Klagenfurt Nord”
  approx. 1 km distance from the Airport Klagenfurt
  approx. 5 km distance from the Klagenfurt central railroad station for long-distance trains, also accessible by urban bus


Cost: 350.00 euro per person (incl. 20% VAT.)

General terms and conditions of business

  • Registration is binding and will be booked in the order of receipt. If the event is already fully booked, we will contact you immediately; otherwise we will send you the confirmation of your registration.
  • The fee for the course is due upon receipt of the confirmation of registration. The payment shall be made within a period of three weeks following the confirmation of registration; otherwise the reservation will be automatically cancelled.
  • Participation in the seminar is transferable.
  • To change a reservation: You can rebook for a different date or another event at any time; please notify us in writing. Rebooking fee:
    • Up to 4 weeks before the start of the event: free of charge
    • 4-2 weeks prior to the start of the event: 100.-- EUR
    • 2 weeks or less before the start of the event: 200.-- EUR
  • Cancellation or failing to appear: You can withdraw from the contract at any time. This is only possible if you notify us ahead of time in writing. Please note that we charge the following fees:
    • Cancellation more than 4 weeks before the start of the event: 100.-- EUR
    • Cancellation 4 weeks or less before the event begins: full participation fee
    • Nonattendance of a registered participant: full participation fee
  • Gift Cards:
    • The same rebooking conditions as above apply for gift cards.
    • A cancellation or cash refund is not possible.
    • Gift cards remain valid indefinitely. If the seminar price has risen a year or later after the date of issue, the participant must pay the difference.