The Charterhouse Monastery in Pleterje, in the foothills of the Gorjanci mountains in Slovenia, has been producing a very special pear brandy for the past 60 years.
The monastery's nine-strong community, assisted by nine lay workers, makes the brandy using fruit from the monastery's orchards.
"The southern side of the wall surrounding Pleterje Carthusian Monastery is planted with pear trees," explains Father Frančišek, a monk at the monastery. "When the fruit reaches hazelnut size, bottles are fixed to the trees so that the delicious pears grow and ripen inside the glass. After the pears are picked inside their bottles, the bottles are topped up with four-times distilled pear brandy."