Guadeloupe rum: among the best in the world!

Guadeloupe rum: among the best in the world!

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

While here, how can you not take an interest 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 sugar 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 facilities.

Marie-Galante has three renowned distilleries: Bellevue, the oldest, Bielle and Poisson-Père Labat. The others are in 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. Most of them have the distinction of being family-run businesses.

Distillerie Bellevue
Habitation Bellevue - Section Bellevue
97140 Capesterre de Marie-Galante
+590 (0)5 90 97 29 58

Distillerie Bielle
97112 Grand-Bourg
+590 (0)5 90 97 93 62

Distillerie du Père Labat
Domaine Poisson
97112 Grand-Bourg
+590(0)5 90 97 03 79

Distillerie Bologne
97100 Basse-Terre
+590 (0)5 90 81 12 07

Distillerie Montebello
Village of Carrère
97170 Petit-Bourg
+590 (0)5 90 95 41 65

Distillerie Reimonenq
97115 Sainte-Rose
+590 (0)5 90 28 70 04

Distillerie Bellevue Damoiseau
97160 Le Moule
+590 (0)5 90 23 55 55

Distillerie Longueteau
Domaine du Marquisat de Sainte-Marie
97130 Capesterre Belle Eau
+590 (0)6 90 99 38 01