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Vermouth

Vermouths are wine based drinks flavoured with herbs and spices, usually consumed as aperitifs. Popular brands include Martini, Noilly Prat and Dubonnet.

Antonio Benedetto Carpano is said to be a godfather of the genre. Carpano, who created the recipe for Antica Formula, was an Italian distiller who added wine to an infusion of herbs and spices and spirits. He intended the drink for the ladies of Turin and he was inspired by a German wine flavoured with wormwood.

The added herbs and spices also did wonders for masking poor quality wines, and the improved concoctions became very popular.

Today, popular brands are often drunk with mixers, as well as being key ingredients for many cocktails – the legendary Martini is a mix of gin with a splash of dry vermouth (historically Noilly Prat). The Negroni is made with equal parts gin, Campari and sweet red vermouth (often Martini Rosso).

Did you know?... ....The word “Vermouth” comes from the German for wormwood, “Wermut”.

Carpano Punt e Mes - 1980s

100cl, 16%
Carpano

The Oxford Companian to Wine describes this wonderful quaff as the classic red vermouth. It truly is great stuff, and this particular bottling of Punt e Mes comes from the 1980s.  More info

Carpano Punt e Mes - 1980s
$132.27

Cinzano Dry Vermouth - 1986

150cl, 14.70%
Cinzano

This classic dry white Italian vermouth was bottled back in 1986. The appeal in antique spirits (aside from their rarity) is that the sources of ingredients and production methods have evolved over…  More info

Cinzano Dry Vermouth - 1986
$158.72

Beccaro Vermouth Bianco 1l - 1970s

100cl, 16%
Beccaro

This is a bottle of the Beccaro white vermouth bottled in the 1970s. Vermouths are wine based and when they oxidise in the bottle, a deeper complexity reveals itself.  More info

Beccaro Vermouth Bianco 1l - 1970s
$132.27

Dubonnet Blanc - 1970s

75cl, 18%
Dubonnet

This white fortified wine from France was bottled in the 1970s. You only have to imagine how this will have slowly developed in time thanks to the process of oxidation. Ideal for making an…  More info

Dubonnet Blanc - 1970s
$105.82

Cinzano Rosso Vermouth - 1970s

93cl, 16%
Cinzano

The 1970s were great, mostly because of the haircuts, but also because it was that decade when this bottle of Cinzano Red Vermouth was produced.  More info

Cinzano Rosso Vermouth - 1970s
$158.72

Buton Rosso Antico Vermouth - 1970s

75cl, 17%
Buton

This is a rare old bottle of sweet, red Italian vermouth made in the 1970s by the Buton company.  More info

Buton Rosso Antico Vermouth - 1970s
$132.27

Cinzano Reserva - 1970s 93cl

93cl, 16.50%
Cinzano

Produced in the 1970s, this is a very rare bottle of Italian vermouth from the Cinzano company. Cinzano Reserva is a red vermouth made by infusing red wine with herbs and spices.  More info

Cinzano Reserva - 1970s 93cl
$158.72

Cinzano Bianco - 1970s 93cl

93cl, 16%
Cinzano

Hailing from Turin, this is a 1970s bottling of Cinzano - a bitter vermouth which was first made in 1757 by the Cinzano brothers. Quite a collectible.  More info

Cinzano Bianco - 1970s 93cl
$132.27

Riccadonna Aperitivo Rosso Americano - 1970s

100cl, 18%
Riccadonna

Bottled in the 1970s, this is a very rare and rather tasty red vermouth from Riccadonna. Made in Italy.  More info

Riccadonna Aperitivo Rosso Americano - 1970s
$158.72

Gancia Rosso - 1970s

100cl, 17%
Gancia

This is a rare old 1970s bottle of the red Italian vermouth from Gancia. It is made with exotic and alpine herbs which are infused with red wine...  More info

Gancia Rosso - 1970s
$158.72

Gancia Americano - 1970s

100cl, 17%
Gancia

This is an old edition of Gancia Americano - a rich vermouth made with gentian, wormwood, bitter orange and a selection of wine and Eastern spices. Very good in a variety of cocktails, this was…  More info

Gancia Americano - 1970s
$158.72

Martini Bianco - 1970s 93cl

93cl, 16%
Martini

This is an ancient 1970s bottling of Martini and Rossi's Bianco - a rich vermouth made with herbs, spices and wines.  More info

Martini Bianco - 1970s 93cl
$132.27

Torinese Rojo Vermouth - 1960s

Torinese

This is a 1960s bottle of red vermouth produced in Turin, Italy. It was bottled for the French market and is best served cold...  More info

Torinese Rojo Vermouth - 1960s
$198.41

Cinzano Bitter - 1970s

93cl, 25%
Cinzano

Bottled in the 1970s, this is a bottle of Cinzano Bitter - a bitter vermouth made in Italy, and now rather difficult to get hold of...  More info

Cinzano Bitter - 1970s
$158.72

Cinzano Bianco 3l - 1970s

300cl, 15%
Cinzano

This is a very rare 1970s bottling of Cinzano Bianco - an Italian vermouth made in Turin to a recipe of 35 secret ingredients. Quite a collectible.  More info

Cinzano Bianco 3l - 1970s
$396.81

Buton Rosso Antico - 1970s 75cl

75cl, 17%
Buton

Made in the 1970s in Bologna, Italy, Rosso Antico is a sweet, rich red vermouth from the Buton company. It was based on red wines and flavoured with herbs and spices.  More info

Buton Rosso Antico - 1970s 75cl
$132.27

Cora Vermouth Rosso - 1980s

100cl, 16%
Cora

This is a red vermouth which was made by the Cora company in Costigliole d'Asti - a small town in Italy's Piedmont region. It was produced in the 1980s, and was made with various red wines, herbs and…  More info

Cora Vermouth Rosso - 1980s
$132.27

Montresor Rosso - 1960s

100cl, 17%
Montresor

Montresor Rosso is a bittersweet Italian aperitif-style drink. The label boasts that it is the "old drink of the heart". This was bottled in the 1960s in Verona, Italy.  More info

Montresor Rosso - 1960s
$198.41

Tombolini Vermouth Rosso - 1970s

100cl, 14.50%
Tombolini

Made to a recipe based on red wines, herbs and spices, this is a red vermouth from the Tombolini company. It was made in Loreto, in Marche, Italy, in the 1970s.  More info

Tombolini Vermouth Rosso - 1970s
$158.72

Cinzano Rosso - 1970s 1l

100cl, 16%
Cinzano

This is a rare 1970s red version of the classic Italian vermouth from Cinzano. It was made with a base of red wines as well as various herbs and spices. This is great when served long as an aperitif.  More info

Cinzano Rosso - 1970s 1l
$132.27

Aquila Rossa Vermouth - 1970s

70cl, 0%
Aquila Rossa

Aquila Rossa is a very rare red vermouth, made in Penedès in Spain's Catalan region. This was made with a blend of red wine and mixed herbs, and it was bottled in the 1970s.  More info

Aquila Rossa Vermouth - 1970s
$132.27

Buton Rosso Antico Vermouth - 1970s 1l

100cl, 17%
Buton

Produced in Bologna, Italy, in the 1970s, this is a litre bottle of Buton's superb red vermouth, made with red wines, herbs and spices.  More info

Buton Rosso Antico Vermouth - 1970s 1l
$158.72

Arlorio Vermouth di Torino - 1966

100cl, 0%
Arlorio

This is a deliciously bitter Bianco vermouth from the Arlorio company, based on various wines, herbs and spices. This particular rare edition was made in Turin, Italy, in 1966.  More info

Arlorio Vermouth di Torino - 1966
$198.41

Gancia Vermouth Amaro - 1960s

100cl, 16.80%
Gancia

Produced in Turin, Italy, in the 1960s, this is a delicious Amaro liqueur from Gancia, flavoured with bitter herbs and roots and based on red wine. This is highly collectible.  More info

Gancia Vermouth Amaro - 1960s
$198.41

Martini Extra Dry 1l - 1960s

100cl, 18%
Martini

A vintage bottling of Martini from the 1960s.  More info

Martini Extra Dry 1l - 1960s
$158.72

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