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Barkers shop at Geraldine Rare Fair sells nutzino New Zealand Walnut Industry Group A Cracker of a Nut website

NutZino History

NutZino is a walnut liqueur based on a Northern Italian traditional after-dinner liqueur named “nocino”. As with many European liqueurs its history dates back thousands of years, to when the Celt’s dominated central Europe. The Celts are thought to have originally introduced this drink and its production is connected to ancient legends and superstitions.

Nocino is produced in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy, which is renowned among other things for its agriculture, wines, cuisine, tourism and history. The region was strategically important for the Romans and they built the Aemilian Way to connect Rome with the northern parts of Italy. The Romans had a high regard for walnuts and named them Juglans Regaie or “nuts of Jove”, after one of their main gods – Jove (also known as Jupiter). The Romans probably also took walnuts with them throughout the Roman Empire and it is likely that many of the French and English cultivars may have been introduced by Romans.

In the middle ages, monasteries used nocino for its medicinal properties and also as an alcoholic treat. NutZino is produced and matured in a distinctive Italian nocino style, but with a taste of Canterbury, New Zealand.