The first Contratto Vermouth recipes date back to the 1890s; though the estate was producing hundreds of thousands of bottles by the 1930s, it was shuttered in the sixties and only recently revived. With recipes older than 100 years and passed on through the generations, Contratto is produced under the watchful eye of notorious La Spinetta winemaker Giorgio Rivetti. The project is committed to elevating the quality of bitter beverages: base distillates and wines are made from estate grapes, grown at Contratto’s UNESCO world heritage site, while botanicals and coloration are 100% all natural (and vegan).
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Contratto Bitter is distinctly bitter, acquiring this character from gentian root, cinchona bark, wormwood, and angelica root. Supporting flavors of ginger, elderflower, hibiscus, rhubarb, orange peel, herbs, and spices give Contratto Bitter a wildly complex and aromatic bouquet. The deep magenta color comes from red beet. Contratto Bitter is a perfect balance sweetness, red fruity and yes, BITTER! 22% ABV and effortless to work with in cocktails!