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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”.

Cinzano Rojo Vermouth 16% - 1970s

100cl, 16%
Cinzano

Deeply red (not Simply Red, completely different thing), this Cinzano Rojo Vermouth is from the 1970s. Produced in Italy, it was originally imported into Catalonia, Spain.  More info

Cinzano Rojo Vermouth 16% - 1970s
$145.40

Carpano Vermouth Bianco - 1960s

100cl, 16.50%
Carpano

A litre of classic Italian bianco vermouth from Carpano produced in the 1960s!  More info

Carpano Vermouth Bianco - 1960s
$174.48

Gancia Bianco (15%)

100cl, 15%
Gancia

Gancia Bianco is a white vermouth made using a quality wine base with a selection of alpine herbs. The result is a semi-dry vermouth ideal for all your martini needs!  More info

Gancia Bianco (15%)
$17.93

Cinzano Bianco 75cl - 1990s

75cl, 14.70%
Cinzano

A bottle of sweet vermouth from Cinzano bottled in the 1990s. A fine aperitif that is often served with lemonade, these bottles with older labels are becoming collectible.  More info

Cinzano Bianco 75cl - 1990s
$43.62

Martini Extra Dry (Old Bottling)

75cl, 15%
Martini

This is the classic Martini Extra Dry bought at auction and presented in an dashing old-style bottle. Perfect for so many cocktails.  More info

Martini Extra Dry (Old Bottling)
$19.32

Martini Rosé - early 1980s

70cl, 18%
Martini

This year marks the 150th birthday of Martini, so why not celebrate with this Rosé vermouth, rarely seen outside of Italy and France and dating from the early 1980s.  More info

Martini Rosé - early 1980s
$87.24

Martini Rosso - 1980s

100cl, 18%
Martini

This is a bottle of Martini red vermouth from the 1980s which makes for a particularly deep and complex negroni.  More info

Martini Rosso - 1980s
$87.24

Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth - early 1980s

75cl, 17%
Noilly Prat

A favourite with many martini drinkers, this is a bottle of Noilly Prat vermouth from the early 1980s. It's in fantastic condition and would make a welcome addition to a collection of antique spirits.  More info

Noilly Prat Extra Dry Vermouth - early 1980s
$72.70

Cinzano Rosso Vermouth 5l - 1950s

500cl, 0%
Cinzano

This is the classic Italian red vermouth bottled in the 1950s. Spirits were produced differently back then so this bottle offers a fascinating insight into spirits of yesteryear.  More info

Cinzano Rosso Vermouth 5l - 1950s
$727.01

Grassotti Vermouth Extra Rosso - 1960s

100cl, 16.50%
Grassotti

Vermouths are wine based and develop more than other antique spirits in the bottle. This bottle of the Grassotti Vermouth Extra Rosso was made in the 1960s and makes for a rich addition to any…  More info

Grassotti Vermouth Extra Rosso - 1960s
$174.48

Gancia Vermouth - 1950s

100cl, 0%
Gancia

This is a rich red vermouth from the Gancia company, based in Turin. This is made with a blend of wines, herbs and spices, and it was bottled in the 1950s.  More info

Gancia Vermouth - 1950s
$174.48

Martini Extra Dry - 1970s

93cl, 18%
Martini

Produced by the Martini and Rossi company in Italy, this is a dry vermouth made by steeping herbs and spices in white wine. Very good in cocktails, this is a rare 1970s bottling. Very handsome indeed!  More info

Martini Extra Dry - 1970s
$101.78

Martini Bianco Vermouth 1l - 1970s

100cl, 16%
Martini

Martini Bianco from the 1970s, this is in a superb state with the seal intact.  More info

Martini Bianco Vermouth 1l - 1970s
$72.70

Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth - 1970s

100cl, 18.50%
Cinzano

This is a very rare extra dry white vermouth from the Cinzano company, which was founded in 1757. This was produced in the 1970s with a base of white wines and various herbs and spices. Great as an…  More info

Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth - 1970s
$116.32

Gancia Rosso (old label)

100cl, 14.80%
Gancia

The old label version of this red Italian vermouth, with an abv of 14.8%. It was made from red wine with alpine and exotic herbs.  More info

Gancia Rosso (old label)
$14.23

Noilly Prat Rouge Vermouth - 1970s

75cl, 17%
Noilly Prat

This is a red vermouth from Noilly Prat (producers of all things vermouth). This bottle was made in the 1970s. Due to the time spent in the bottle and the process of oxidation, this vermouth will…  More info

Noilly Prat Rouge Vermouth - 1970s
$101.78

Lacuesta Reserva Vermouth

70cl, 15%
Lacuesta

A delicious red vermouth, Lacuesta Reserva is aged for 7 months in medium-toasted new Allier French oak barrels. Beautiful as an aperitif with olives and toasted almonds.  More info

Lacuesta Reserva Vermouth
$20.09

Rose Sweet Vermouth - 1980s

75cl, 14.70%
Tesco

An ancient 1980s bottling of Pink Vermouth, bottled for Tesco at "no less than 14.7% abv".  More info

Rose Sweet Vermouth - 1980s

Martini Gold Dolce & Gabbana

75cl, 18%
Martini

Crumbs! Look how fashionable this drink is it. That's right folks, it's yummy Martini, created in conjunction with Dolce and Gabbana. I like to enjoy this whilst wearing a sports jacket and…  More info

Martini Gold Dolce & Gabbana
$28.50

Cinzano Bitter - 1970s

93cl, 25%
Cinzano

A Cinzano Bitter Vermouth from the 1970s. The lable is slightly damaged but it boasts a brilliant, bold design and is otherwise sound.  More info

Cinzano Bitter - 1970s
$65.43

Dubonnet Rouge - 1970s

75cl, 15%
Dubonnet

Apparently the Queen's favourite drink, Dubonnet has fallen out of favour somewhat in recent years. This is a bottle from the drink's 1970s heyday, and it's in wonderful condition.  More info

Dubonnet Rouge - 1970s
$72.70

Antica Ricetta Barolo Chinata

50cl, 16%
Gancia

A wonderful Italian vermouth made using Barolo wine, to which is added an infusion of alpine and exotic herbs which were steeped in alcohol. A delicious quaff from Gancia, which makes a superb…  More info

Antica Ricetta Barolo Chinata
$37.50

Gancia Bianco

100cl, 14.80%
Gancia

Gancia Bianco is a lovely crisp white Italian vermouth made with a secret recipe of alpine herbs and exotic flavours. The recipe hasn't changed since it was first created in the middle of the 19th…  More info

Gancia Bianco
$14.48

Cinzano Rosso Vermouth 1l - 1970s

100cl, 16.50%
Cinzano

Cinzano Red Vermouth from the 1970s. Excellent condition, this is sealed and sound.  More info

Cinzano Rosso Vermouth 1l - 1970s
$174.48

Martini Rosso - 1970s

75cl, 17%
Martini

Martini Rosso from the 1970s, this historic bottle of sweet vermouth is in fantastic shape, despite being around 40 years old.  More info

Martini Rosso - 1970s
$72.70

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