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.
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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!