Bourbon With Friends

Luca Mariano Bourbon

April 11, 2022 Bourbon With Friends Season 2 Episode 18
Bourbon With Friends
Luca Mariano Bourbon
Show Notes

In this episode, the guys sit down with Kenny and Jenn from Luca Mariano Bourbon. We talk about the brans origins, whats next, Connor making an Only Fans for his toe thumbs and as always we dive into some good whiskey. 

Here is a little more about the brand. 

Francesco (owner and founder) began distilling as a hobby in his garage in 2010. He hadn’t planned on it becoming a business. After having a neighbor over to enjoy what he had created, his neighbor told him that it was illegal to distill liquor in his garage. After discovering that his hobby was illegal, Francesco called his lawyer to help him obtain a license to distill liquor, so he could carry out his grandfather’s dream.

Francesco’s grandfather was a man named Mariano Viola. His dream was for his family to build a business and create a legacy in the United States. Mariano taught Francesco many skills including gardening, making pasta and wine, and distilling brandy and whiskey. In honor of his grandfather, Francesco created recipes for Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that are the foundation of Luca Mariano Distillery. The company is named after Francesco’s son, Luca Mariano, who is named after Francesco’s grandfather.

In 2016, LMD began prospecting for land to house its future distillery while waiting for the bourbon and rye whiskey to come of age. Francesco’s long-term vision is to create a distillery location that is like no other distillery. He envisions a place for family and friends to come and enjoy great music, food, and whiskey. The same way his family does it in Italy.

With the long-term goal in mind, in 2017, LMD found a 300 acre farm in Danville, Kentucky that would give plenty of space for what Francesco envisions. The farm includes a stone house that was built by a man named William Crow, which is the oldest stone house in the State of Kentucky. Although the stone house was left abandoned and in disrepair, LMD plans to restore the house to its original condition. Additional plans for the project include the following: construction of a fully-functioning distillery; a visitor’s center; multiple rick houses for barrel aging; and, an entertainment pavilion.

Follow Luca Mariano on Instagram. @lucamarianodistillery

You can also find out more about their brand at