Heinz Wuffli has spent the months of January to March travelling around with his 80-year-old mobile distillery for more than 20 years, visiting farms in eastern Switzerland. At the end of January it was parked at the farm of Benedikt Schnyder in Illighausen in canton Thurgau.
This content was published on February 9, 2013
Thomas Kern was born in Switzerland in 1965. Trained as a photographer in Zürich, he started working as a photojournalist in 1989. He was a founder of the Swiss photographers agency Lookat Photos in 1990. Thomas Kern has won twice a World Press Award and has been awarded several Swiss national scholarships. His work has been widely exhibited and it is represented in various collections.
Farmers bring along their barrels of fermented fruit, the "mash": first he distils the apples and pears, then cherries, and finally fruit with stones. This year there are no quinces - the harvest was bad. As for the quality of the final product, Heinz Wuffl says he can't work magic. The aroma of the schnapps depends on the quality of the fruit supplied. After tasting and smelling some of the barrels, he discards them as unusable - the sugar in the fruit has turned to vinegar rather than alcohol. And that's a no-no in Wuffli's still.
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