Southern wine & spirits
Roberto Serrallés is a sixth-generation rum maker based in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where his family business, Destilería Serrallés has been operating since 1865. As one of America’s oldest owned and operated family businesses, Destilería Serrallés has been producing fine rum for 150 years. Its flagship brand, Don Q, is the leading premium rum brand on the island.
Roberto began working at Destilería Serrallés in 2004 after completing a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Oregon. He designed and implemented a state-of-the-art wastewater to energy treatment facility that has helped turn Destilería Serrallés into one of the greenest distilleries in the Caribbean. Roberto was honored with the Master Rum Distiller of the Year and the Rum Experience Pioneers awards at the 2012 Golden Rum Barrel Awards ceremony in London and was named Best Rum Expert of the Year at the 2013 International Rum Conference in Madrid.