Just as Americans drink orange juice in the morning, passion fruit juice is a common staple in the homes of most Dominicans. One taste of a chinola and it’s easy to understand why. There’s a unique tartness that’s balanced perfectly with a natural sweetness that almost immediately inspired our product.

Chinola, translates very simply as the Dominican word for passion fruit. While passion fruit is typically associated with South America, it was 2013 when we discovered the magic of the Dominican chinola passion fruit. Between the vast mountain ranges and endless valleys, right where the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet, we’ve found our home in the Valle de Chinola.

Using our experience in the liqueur making industry, we then began experimenting with this incredible fruit — our ultimate goal being to make an all-natural liqueur that still possesses the aromatic fragrance and taste profile of raw passion fruit juice. As our product came to life, it only felt fitting to name the liqueur after this sacred Dominican fruit. In 2014 we filed for the worldwide trademark, Chinola, to honor its origin and forever create memories of sipping chinola-inspired cocktails on the beaches of the Dominican.

Right outside Los Haitises National Park, you’ll find the small town of Majagual. It’s home to roughly 500 residents, including our master botanist. He’s a biochemist with a focus on permaculture, that’s experimented with several growing methods based on the traditional passion fruit of South America. After adjusting to account for the island’s tropical climate, changing weather patterns, and local growing conditions, he was able to create the perfect strain of chinola made just for our purposes. Through genetic selection, we created our own hybrid plants using only the seeds of top performing varieties. These are what we call our ‘mother plants’ that we’ve cloned to ensure each generation of plant is exactly the same.

All of our plants are monitored by our farmers from seed to plant. In addition, we have a retail nursery where our chinola plants can be sold to local farmers, making sure to give them all of the knowledge and tools they need to grow chinola the proper way. By doing this we are empowering the local farming community, while also improving the quality and increasing the yield of chinola in the community to ensure plenty of high quality fruits available to us as our demand rapidly increases. By investing in local resources and education, we are later able to buy the fruit back from them in an ultimate gesture to give back to the community that has so kindly welcomed us into their home.

Right outside Los Haitises National Park, you’ll find the small town of Majagual. It’s home to roughly 500 residents, including our master botanist. He’s a biochemist with a focus on permaculture, that’s experimented with several growing methods based on the traditional passion fruit of South America. After adjusting to account for the island’s tropical climate, changing weather patterns, and local growing conditions, he was able to create the perfect strain of chinola made just for our purposes. Through genetic selection, we created our own hybrid plants using only the seeds of top performing varieties. These are what we call our ‘mother plants’ that we’ve cloned to ensure each generation of plant is exactly the same.

All of our plants are monitored by our farmers from seed to plant. In addition, we have a retail nursery where our chinola plants can be sold to local farmers, making sure to give them all of the knowledge and tools they need to grow chinola the proper way. By doing this we are empowering the local farming community, while also improving the quality and increasing the yield of chinola in the community to ensure plenty of high quality fruits available to us as our demand rapidly increases. By investing in local resources and education, we are later able to buy the fruit back from them in an ultimate gesture to give back to the community that has so kindly welcomed us into their home.