Contratto was founded in 1867 by Giuseppe Contratto. The winery is known as the oldest producer of sparkling wine in Italy. In 150 years of wine making, Contratto went from producing sparkling Moscato and red wine to still wines, Vermouth, Tonic and Syrups. The winery is now owned by La Spinetta who acquired it in 2011. Since then they have reintroduced Contratto to the world and continued to preserve and uphold its 140-year-old tradition and top quality.
The aromatic blend of herbs and spices in the Contratto Vermouth’s, Aperitif and Bitter, create a unique bouquet and well-balanced taste!
Now let’s delve a little deeper into the making and flavours of the Contratto products we have available.
The original recipe from the early 19th century for Contratto Vermouth is based on a combination of white wine and Italian brandy and more than 50 delicately infused natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds. This traditional process is again used to create a sophisticated elixir and a complex and well-balanced boutique aperitif that will make any Vermouth based cocktail an exceptional experience. They’re the perfect Vermouth’s for classic and contemporary mixology.
All three Vermouth’s are delicious served chilled on their own with a twist of lemon or orange.
We can’t give you the whole list of aromas and flavours in the Contratto Vermouth’s (because that’s a secret!) but here’re some of the ones you will find.
Contratto Americano Rosso
Ginger, mint leaves, hibiscus flower, hawthorn flower, nettle leaves, angelica leaves, bitter and sweet orange peel, rhubarb, sage liquorice and much more.
Contratto Vermouth Bianco
Coriander seeds, bay laurel leaves, yellow sweet clover, cinnamon, angelica roots, nutmeg, bitter orange peel, carob tree pods, pimento seeds, rhubarb roots, sage, bark of china, lemon peel, sweet orange peel, liquorice roots, sandal wood and many more.
Hawthorn flowers and seeds, coriander seeds, marjoram leaves, bay laurel leaves, chamomile leaves, yellow sweet clover, aloe juice, cinnamon, mint leaves, ginger roots, angelica roots, nutmeg and sage.
From Vermouth’s to Bitters and Aperitifs, Contratto can certainly do it all!
The original recipe for Contratto Bitter dates back to 1933 and is based on a mixture of delicately infused, premium natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds combined with Italian Brandy. A slow, cold maceration process is carried out resulting in a sophisticated, all-natural elixir.
Similar to Contratto Bitter a slow, cold maceration process is carried out resulting in a sophisticated, all natural elixir. This complex yet well-balanced boutique aperitif is capable of turning any Contratto Aperitif based cocktail into a wonderful experience.
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