- Region Italy
- Spirit Type Liqueur
Founded in Piedmonte, Northern Italy in 1951 by Luigi Francoli, the Francoli Distillery has a rich history of grappa production spanning five generations. Opal Nera - the original black Sambuca was created by Alessandro Francoli in 1989, while on his honeymoon, and launched in the same year in the USA and Italy. The brand has since spread to over 30 countries around the world.
Opal Nera rose quickly to prominence as a respected quality liqueur that reflected the earliest traditions of Italian distilling. Alessandro is the son of Luigi Francoli, and now President of Francoli S.p.A distillery, exporting Opal to the four corners of the world.
Opal Nera is a premium liqueur made from all natural ingredients including star anise, green anise, elderberries, coriander, the zest of Italian lemons and water drawn from a local alpine water source originally created by Leonardo da Vinci.
The ingredients are steeped in high proof sugar beet distillate, drawing out their natural flavours and essential oils, before being re-distilled to create a series of flavour distillates.
The natural black colouring of Opal Nera is obtained from the skins of the elderberry plant’s berries providing the signature touch. All of the ingredients are sourced locally in Italy - with the exception of the star anise that comes from China.
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Shipping & Returns
- Pricing For 1-12 bottles, shipping is $5.99 for Auckland, $7.99 for the North Island and $9.99 for the South Island. For 13 or more bottles, shipping is $9.99 for Auckland, $14.99 for the North Island and $17.99 for the South Island.
- Timing We estimate delivery to be up to 3-4 working days for urban NZ addresses, and up to 5 working days for rural delivery.
- Click and collect is available from our Albany warehouse shop.
- We do not ship outside of New Zealand.
- We are unable to deliver to PO Boxes. Delivery is via NZ Couriers.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We’ll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the ‘Complete Orders’ link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We’ll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we’ve received and processed the returned item.