Built in 2018, Distillerie de Port-au-Prince is one of the newest distilleries in the Caribbean. This project was born from a collaboration between the Barbancourt-Linge family, heirs of a strong and historic Haitian rum heritage, and La Maison & Velier, a joint venture between La Maison du Whisky in France and Velier in Italy. This association gave birth to a new rum brand: PROVIDENCE.
Louis Barbancourt left Bordeaux in 1765 to settle in Haiti, a French colony known at the time as Saint-Domingue, where he became the owner of a sugarcane plantation. In 1870, nearly a century later, his descendants founded a distillery and produced what was considered at the time to be some of the finest Agricole style rum in the world. In the mid-20th century, Jane Barbancourt, the last to carry the original name, married Rudolf Linge, a German perfumer who had worked in Grasse during World War II. Together they launched their own brand, which is still run by their son. The family’s dream had always been to distill again to revive the legacy of their ancestors. The opportunity of the partnership with La Maison & Velier was perfect to create Distillerie de Port-au-Prince, whose operations are managed daily by Herbert Barbancourt-Linge Jr.