Guadeloupe rum: one of the best!

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Guadeloupe rum: one of the best!

A real ‘national drink', rum has been produced in Guadeloupe for more than three centuries. Only nine distilleries are still in operation, so here is an overview of the plantations.

While here, how can one not be interested in the production of rum and, especially, the cultivation of sugar cane, two vital aspects of Guadeloupe's history and landscape? Sugar cane now covers one third of the agricultural area of the archipelago and is used exclusively for the production of this historical spirit. Harvesting takes place from February to June and it takes ten kilos of cane to make one litre of rum.

There are two types of production: agricultural rum, the most prestigious, is obtained by fermentation and distillation of sugar cane juice; and industrial or traditional rum, which is derived from the fermentation of molasses. Nearly all the distilleries offer tours of their installations, as well as tours of their fields. You must consult each of them for their schedules and conditions.

Marie-Galante has three renowned distilleries: Bellevue, the oldest, Bielle and Poisson-Père Labat. The other six are on Basse-Terre and Haute-Terre: Bologne in Basse-Terre, Montebello in Petit-Bourg, Reimonenq in Sainte-Rose, Damoiseau in Moule, and Longueteau in Capesterre-Belle Eau. They all have the distinction of being family owned.

Distillerie Bellevue
Grand-Bourg
97112 Guadeloupe
+590 (0)5 9097 265
www.habitation-bellevue.com

Distillerie Bielle
Grand-Bourg
97112 Guadeloupe
+590 (0)5 9097 9362
https://www.rhumbielle.com/en/

Distillerie du Père Labat
Domaine Poisson
Grand-Bourg
97112 Guadeloupe
+590(0)5 9097 0379
www.rhumguadeloupe.com

Distillerie Bologne
Basse-Terre
97100 Guadeloupe
+590 (0)5 9081 1207
www.rhumbologne.fr

Distillerie Montebello
Chemin de Montebello
Petit-Bourg
97170 Guadeloupe
+590 (0)5 9095 4165
www.facebook.com/RhumMontebello

Distillerie Reimonenq
Belle Vue Sainte Rose
97115 Guadeloupe
+590 (0)5 9028 8255
http://rhum-reimonenq-musee.com/home.html#distillerie

Distillerie Damoiseau
D101, Le Moule
97160 Guadeloupe
+590 (0)5 9023 7823
http://damoiseau.fr/en/

Distillerie Longueteau
Domaine du Marquisat de Sainte-Marie
Capesterre Belle Eau
97130 Guadeloupe
+590 (0)5 9086 5272
https://www.rhumlongueteau.fr/en