In 1813 Joseph Noilly, fine wines and spirits merchant, created his first recipe for a French dry vermouth in the South of France.
The son of Joseph, Louis Noilly, set up business in the fishing village of Marseillan, in the South of France, around 1850. In 1855 Louis formed a partnership with his son-in-law, Claudius Prat, and the company Etablissements Noilly Prat & Cie was founded.
In 1865 Louis Noilly died and it was his daughter Anne-Rosine, also the widow of Claudius Prat, who took over the running of La Maison Noilly Prat for nearly 40 years. Anne-Rosine was a strong woman with ambition and drive, who built the business and created an international reputation.
Today the exceptional quality of Noilly Prat continues to be recognised by leading drinks experts and top mixologists all over the world.