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Nauti Spirits Distillery sits on a 60-acre preserved coastal farm in Cape May, New Jersey. The farm-to-bottle destination distillery and tasting room, will be celebrating its official grand opening on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Founders Steve and Caroline Miller began cultivating their vision for a farm-to-bottle destination distillery nearly five years ago. In 2014, the Millers partnered with Cape May locals, Corey and Dorey Bryan, who invested their 60-acres of preserved farmland into the business in 2015.  The farm is now both the site of the distillery and a source of farm-fresh sweet potatoes that form the base of Nauti Spirits’ vodka.

Nauti Spirits Sweet Potato Vodka

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Nauti Spirits Distillery is excited to premier its sweet potato vodka. The single-estate vodka is made from sweet potatoes grown at the distilleries farm, then distilled and filtered to sipping smoothness. The distillery says it will soon be adding rum, gin and whiskey.

“Nauti Spirits takes the art, science, and creativity of this business very seriously.  We invested in world-class equipment and attracted the best and brightest in the industry to help us transform simple ingredients into complex small-batch spirits that simply can’t be found elsewhere. We invite folks to come and experience the farm-to-bottle difference,” says Steve Miller,

Nauti Spirits’ Vice President and Head of Production, Brendan Wheatley has spent over 15 years in the spirits industry developing a uniquely American approach that draws on Japanese and French distillation practices. The first American to study at Ichiro Akuto’s Chichibu Distillery, Brendan further diversified his education as a distiller for California brandy producer Germain-Robin, where he learned classic French techniques for the production and cellaring of brandy. He has worked and consulted for distilleries spanning both coasts and Hawaii.

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Do Sweet Potatoes Really Grow in New Jersey?

Nauti Spirits Distillery - Farm Raised Sweet Potatos
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Farm raised Jersey shore sweet potatoes.

Despite what many may think, they don’t call New Jersey the Garden State for nothing. While most people associate agriculture with our nation’s heartland, New Jersey is home to more than 9,071 farms covering 715,057 acres of farmland. The state is among the leaders in many forms of agricultural production.  For example, New Jersey ranks: 5th in blueberry production, 3rd in cranberry production, 3rd in spinach, 3rd in bell peppers, 4th in peach production.  The state also produces an abundance of tomatoes, corn, apples, strawberries, potatoes, hay, soybeans and nursery stock.

Where Did the Garden State Come From?

Abraham Browning of Camden is given credit for giving New Jersey the nickname the Garden State. Browning called New Jersey the Garden State on August 24, 1876 while speaking at the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition on New Jersey Day. The name stuck ever since.

“Our Garden State is an immense barrel, filled with good things to eat and open at both ends, with Pennsylvanians grabbing from one end and New Yorkers from the other.” ~ Abraham Browning

Nauti Spirits Distillery is located at 916 Shunpike Road in Cape May, NJ and  is open daily for tours, bottle and merchandise sales, and cocktails.

Nauti Spirits Distillery Equipment

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Origins of the Garden State Nickname

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