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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”.

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Vermouth is wine based and can develop in the bottle. The liquid in this 1970s bottling of SVIC (Società vinicola italiana Casteggio dell'antico Piemonte) vermouth should be incredibly complex.  More info
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A very rare bottling of Noilly Prat Bianco Vermouth, bottled in the 1960s. This is a rare collector's piece and due to its age is no longer drinkable. However, it does make for a handsome ornament on...  More info
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A rare old French vermouth bottled in the 1950s. This is a very old edition of Noilly Prat, and is perfect for a really authentic classic cocktail.  More info
A sweet, dark vermouth from the Martini company, bottled in the 1940s. Due to its age, we recommend this not be drunk. However, it does make for a great-looking display piece on the bar!  More info
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A tasty vermouth from the Cinzano company, bottled in the 1940s. Due to its age, it is not drinkable, but does make a very handsome piece to sit on the bar!  More info
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A dry dark vermouth from Turin, Italy, produced by the Cinzano company. This is a 1950s bottling, and is a rare collector's piece.  More info
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
A bottle of Red Vermouth from the 1960s, produced by an Italian company called Pacini, based in Siena. This stuff is named "Elisir China", in reference to the emperors of ancient China, who sought the...  More info
Cinzano Bianco Vermouth from the 1960s. The label is damaged and ha a fairly thick patina but other than that this is sealed and sound.  More info
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A very old Krohn Vermouth from the 1950s. Not a particularly well-known producer, Krohn port bottlings are more commonly seen. The bottle is sound but there is quite a thick patina to it, although the...  More info
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Martini Rosso - 1970s
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Martini Rosso from the 1970s, this historic bottle of sweet vermouth is in fantastic shape, despite being around 40 years old.  More info
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Gancia Bianco
(100cl, 14.80%)
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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An ancient 1980s bottling of Pink Vermouth, bottled for Tesco at "no less than 14.7% abv".  More info
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
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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 have...  More info
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Gancia Rosso (old label)
(100cl, 14.80%)
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
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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
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Martini Bianco from the 1970s, this is in a superb state with the seal intact.  More info
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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
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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
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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
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