The first Contratto Vermouth recipes date back to the 1890s. They were the base for a Vermouth that was only consumed locally. In the 1920s, the Vermouth production was extended and recipes were modified. Most of the Vermouth was exported as Vermouth became the drink of the epoch. Contratto Vermouth di Torino was the “in” drink in the 1930s, allowing the winery an annual production of 100,000 bottles. Today, with recipes older than 100 years and passed on through the generations, Contratto’s full lineup includes, Vermouth Bianco, Vermouth Rosso, Americano Rosso, Contratto Bitter & Aperitif, and Fernet. For the first time again since the 60s, Contratto is making all classic apertivi and digestivi.
Distilled from Barbera d’Alba and with 10% less alcohol than other Fernets on the market, this traditional after dinner liqueur shows expected aromas of mint, chamomile and saffron, with orange legs that stain the glass. What is less expected are the secondary aromas of sweet orange peel and finish that has tremendous length and finesse, without the wafting burn often associated with the category of Fernet.