The Paluzzi family founded Falls Church Distillers with the goal of honoring their heritage
by producing premium craft spirits that appeal to the senses:
vista, odore, gusto!
Falls Church Distillers is an award-winning distillery founded in the Virginia suburbs just outside of the Nation’s Capital by myself and my two sons - Lorenzo and Christian. Christian enlisted in the USAF after the formation but has retuned now having served 6 years active duty. Christian as the third generation Paluzzi to be Air Force proud!
The Core Family team...
I grew up in the NorthEast part of the Country in a small town that was predominately populated by Italian immigrants whose customs do not only include great food and art, but also the making of wine and liquors.
Beyond the ethnic roots, I also had a family exposure to the retail environment and later, after a tour in the USAF where I was educated in computer communications, I applied those combined experiences and developed skills into a 35 year successful sales and management career. Lorenzo has focused his education in chemistry.
Lorenzo, Christian and I have taken my lifetime of acquired business skills and experiences, added in Lorenzo’s chemistry knowledge, and applied them to the building of a craft spirits manufacturer.
This progression to making uniquely smooth tasting spirits is a natural and common sense one if you consider a maturing and more discerning taste, market growth bell curve, and the opportunity to enter a burgeoning market opportunity at an amazing inflection point.
The distillery is currently located in Manassas VA and is a production facility only. We do not currently have an onsite ABC Store or any tasting room. We do hope you will seek us out in the VA ABC Stores and various restaurants around Viringia and District of Columbia. Bottles and our RTDs!
Founder, Michael Paluzzi
• USAF veteran
• U of San Francisco & Penn State Alumni
• 40 year sales and marketing executive in the high tech industry
• Grew and managed a $50M+ business
• WSET Level 2 certified
• Successfully completed Downslope Distillery distillation training
• Virginia ABC RSVP and MART certified
• ServSafe certified
Chief Distiller, Lorenzo Paluzzi
• Degree in Chemistry
• Internship experience with recipes and processes 5+ years
Head of Production, Christian Paluzzi
USAF Veteran (TSGT) Computer Programming
Associates Degree Computer Science