The idea for Sugarfield began with a unique experience. On a trip to Oregon in 2011, founder Thomas Soltau fell in love with a family-owned distillery devoted to bottling an expression of Pacific Northwest fruit. In tasting the array of liqueurs like blackberry and cranberry, Thomas developed an immense appreciation for the time and devotion this distillery had invested to create those distinct, natural flavors. This eye-opening moment marked the birth of Sugarfield – Thomas realized he could recreate this experience in his own backyard, using the natural flavors of Louisiana.
After this trip, Thomas began exploring his new passion, moonlighting making liqueurs while working as a neonatologist in Baton Rouge by day. His background in medicine and chemistry equipped him with the skill to test thousands of flavors, blending local fruits and commercial spirits to find the perfect combinations.
Five years later in 2016, Thomas realized his efforts could grow into more than just a hobby. After participating in the LSU Business incubator, Thomas partnered with his brother Andrew Soltau. With a background in hospitality and an immense passion for cocktails, Andrew brought the expertise needed to translate Sugarfield’s distinct spirits into inventive drinks and educational experiences for customers. In 2018, the brothers bought the land for the distillery in Gonzales and were distilling on-site by October of 2019. Sugarfield hosted its Grand Opening on January 4th of 2020.
From odes to backyard citrus season to Agricole-style rum, every Sugarfield spirit is an expression of Louisiana’s land and flavors. We use real, local ingredients including cane, sugar, and molasses sourced from Assumption Parish. We have deep respect and appreciation for the distilling process, and we give every batch of our spirits the attention and patience needed to create a high-quality product.
We approach every spirit with an eye toward culinary arts, giving each batch the same attention to detail as a fine wine. So many factors go into the taste and scent of each spirit – flavors can be affected by the ground the cane came from, even if the ingredients and distilling processes are the same. Each batch is a unique creation that reflects the season, weather, land, and spirit maker’s skill.
Our passion for quality flavor goes beyond distilling. In 2022, Sugarfield added a winery and cidery to our physical location to grow our brand experience across every type of drink. Each of our wines and ciders is given the same attention to detail as our spirits. Our mission is to give everyone a unique, illuminating experience when trying our products – an understanding, appreciation, and delight in the real ingredients and classic processes used to make them.
While Sugarfield products are available across Louisiana, our location in Gonzales is a hub for the celebration of distilling, cidermaking, and winemaking. We invite our customers to visit us to experience quality spirits, ciders, and wines and learn about their histories.
Every product we make is of the highest quality
We honor classic processes and do things the right way
We are transparent about our products’ histories and ingredients
We are always learning more about our craft and educating our team and customers
We use real ingredients and flavors
Our team divides and conquers
We explore new ideas to develop unique flavors
We make sure ingredients don’t go to waste
Andrew has a passion for Hospitality. He has a Bachelor’s degree from University of South Carolina in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management and a Master’s degree from Texas Tech University in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management. Along with these degrees he has worked in every aspect of Hotels and Restaurants. His goal is to make memorable experiences through sincere interactions.
Thomas has a unique path to becoming a distiller. He has a Microbiology Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a MD from Medical College of Georgia. Thomas is a practicing Neonatalogist as well as the Head Distiller, Winemaker, Cidermaker and Meadmaker. He has a passion for making unique sensational alcoholic beverages. He consistently aspires to make improvements to all aspects of Sugarfield.