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Sweet Red Vermouth: The Complete Guide

Updated: Jun 26, 2022

The one and only comprehensive tasting guide to Sweet Red (Rosso, Rouge, Rojo) Vermouth.


Check the individual regional Sweet Red Vermouth guides for more detailed information on regional styles and recommended bottles:


Italian Sweet Red Vermouth

French Sweet Red Vermouth

Spanish Sweet Red Vermouth

American Sweet Red Vermouth


If you're new to the world of vermouth, check out my Introduction to Vermouth post to learn some basics, introduce yourself to some of the terminology used, and get a general overview of how these guides are structured (and why). Then join me back here to get into the details!


Alessio Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Tempus Fugit

ABV: 17%

Wine Base: Moscato D'Asti, Trebbiano/Ugni Blanc

Known Botanicals: at least 27, including both grande and petite wormwood, and cardamom

Sugar: N/A

Nose: fig, cinnamon, menthol, berry jam, oregano, mint, wormwood, licorice root

Palate: wormwood, licorice, plum, apricot, peach, cherry, lemon oil, clove, nutmeg

Finish: wormwood, blackberry, raspberry, charcoal, nutmeg, sarsaparilla, espresso, dark chocolate

Additional Notes: Nut brown color. Nice oily texture. A fair amount of sugar – sticky but not overly sweet due to an almost amaro-like bitterness.

Antica Torino Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Antica Torino

ABV: 18%

Wine Base: Bombino, Trebbiano/Ugni Blanc, Freisa, Moscato D'Asti

Known Botanicals: 13 total, including gentian, wormwood, rosemary, bay laurel, red thyme, oregano, rhubarb, vanilla bean, ginger, and grapefruit peel

Sugar: 180 g/l

Nose: rhubarb, marzipan, gentian, vanilla, peanut, pine, mint, wormwood, clove, licorice

Palate: vanilla, wormwood, gentian, lemon, rhubarb, cinnamon, white pepper, cinchona, orange

Finish: vanilla, wormwood, gentian, peanut, orange, nutmeg, rhubarb, cinnamon

Additional Notes: Amber color. Nutty, dusty, and root-like.


Atxa Rojo

Origin: Spain

Producer: Destilerias Acha, Distributed by De Maison Selections

ABV: 15%

Wine Grapes: Airen

Known Botanicals: at least 6, including wormwood, gentian, licorice, and cherry

Sugar: N/A

Nose: vanilla, coriander, sea salt, oregano, cherry, orange, clove, bubblegum, cinnamon

Palate: vanilla, cinnamon, wormwood, cherry, orange, licorice, fig, marjoram

Finish: vanilla, wormwood, cinnamon, cherry, clove, orange, nutmeg

Additional Notes: Amber color. Dilution brings out bitter, herbaceous notes.


Barbadillo Ataman Vermut

Origin: Spain

Producer: Bodegas Barbadillo

ABV: 17%

Wine Base: Palomino Fino

Known Botanicals: at least 5, wormwood, cinnamon, bitter orange, elderberry, rosemary

Sugar: 140 g/l

Nose: vanilla, cinnamon, apple cider, cacao, cinchona, roasted peanut, cherry, nutmeg, musty

Palate: wormwood, cinchona, vanilla, orange, lemon, cinnamon, black cherry, cacao, tobacco, acidic

Finish: wormwood, cinchona, vanilla, cacao, coffee, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, black cherry

Additional Notes: Red tinted mahogany color. Medium-light body with an oily salinity. Bitter and acidic. A prominent quinine bite makes for a vermouth which almost straddles the line into quinquina. An amazing vermouth.


Becquer Vermouth de Granacha Gran Reserva

Origin: Spain

Producer: Bodegas Escudero

ABV: 17%

Wine Base: Garnacha

Known Botanicals: at least 40, including wormwood, thyme, and rosemary

Sugar: N/A

Nose: tamarind, pomegranate, clove, bell pepper, clove, chili, grape, brine, Worcestershire, calamansi

Palate: tomato, cinchona, orange, tamarind, cinnamon, balsamic vinegar, lemon, cacao, fig

Finish: tomato, clove, cinnamon, sandalwood, rhubarb, plum, raisin, calamansi

Additional Notes: Deep red-brown color with a medium-light body. The wine is aged for 24 months in American and French barrels, followed by an additional 5 years in a tank. A juicy, umami bomb.


Berto Ross da Travaj

Origin: Italy

Producer: Carlo Quaglia, distributed by Kermit Lynch

ABV: 17%

Wine Base: Arneis, Cortese, Trebbiano/Ugni Blanc, Barbera d’Asti

Known Botanicals: at least 16: wormwood, bitter orange, gentian, cardamom, vanilla, coriander, mint, mace, hops, thyme, marjoram, lemon, cinnamon, clove, rhubarb, angelica

Sugar: 200 g/l

Nose: marzipan, gentian, anise, wormwood, cinnamon, rhubarb, toasted oat

Palate: cinnamon, vanilla, wormwood, tobacco, orange, lemon, caramel, black cardamom, black cherry

Finish: wormwood, tobacco, lemon, cinnamon, ash, rhubarb, black cherry, thyme

Additional Notes: Light brown/amber. Medium body with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Doesn't sit as heavy on the palate as some other Italian sweet vermouths with comparable amounts of sugar.

Boissiere Sweet Vermouth

Origin: Italy (Formerly France)

Producer: Boissiere, distributed by Palm Bay International

ABV: 18%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: at least 7, including wormwood, marjoram, chamomile, clove, coriander, and elderflower

Sugar: N/A

Nose: raisin, cinnamon, orange, lavender, strawberry, rose, chamomile, lemon, gentian, marjoram

Palate: wormwood, blackberry, dark cherry, clove, cinchona, lemon, orange

Finish: blackberry, grapefruit, clove, nutmeg, eucalyptus, wormwood, raisin

Additional Notes: Deep red color. Originally distilled in the Chambery region since 1857 – production moved to Italy in 1971. Quinine heavy-bitterness.


Bordiga Excelsior Riserva Superiore

Origin: Italy

Producer: Bordiga, distributed by Oliver McCrum Wines

ABV: 18%

Wine Base: Nebbiolo

Known Botanicals: wormwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: gentian, marzipan, raspberry, orange, anise, tarragon, raisin, cinnamon

Palate: mint, apple, cinnamon, orange, juniper, fennel, lavender, green cardamom

Finish: juniper, orange, gentian, lemon, fennel, cinnamon, green cardamom, cola, apple

Additional Notes: Deep ruby red. Barrel aged for three years. Medium body. One of those exceptionally rare vermouths made from a red wine base. Bordiga's signature juniper note brightens an already tannic palate.

Bordiga Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Bordiga, distributed by Oliver McCrum Wines

ABV: 18%

Wine Base: Moscato, Nebbiolo

Known Botanicals: at least 30, including wormwood, coriander, lime, fennel seed, juniper, cinchona, marjoram, salvia, cardamom, vanilla, nutmeg, gentian root, gentian flowers, tonka beans, anise, mint, sweet orange, grapefruit, and lemon

Sugar: 170 g/l

Nose: gentian, marzipan, raspberry, orange, anise, tarragon, raisin, cinnamon

Palate: mint, apple, cinnamon, orange, juniper, fennel, lavender, green cardamom

Finish: juniper, orange, gentian, lemon, fennel, cinnamon, green cardamom, cola, apple

Additional Notes: Light amber color. Medicinal, herbal, and slightly confectionary with lots of bitter orange. Dilution brings out heavy apple and cinnamon notes.

Carpano Antica Formula

Origin: Italy

Producer: Carpano

ABV: 16.5%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: at least 3: wormwood, saffron, vanilla

Sugar: 194 g/l

Nose: vanilla, raisin, clove, spicy citrus, licorice, root beer, honey, star anise, birch

Palate: wormwood, vanilla, cocoa, bitter orange, coffee, cinnamon, clove, almond

Finish: bitter orange, cocoa, sage, thyme, vanilla

Additional Notes: Light brown/amber. A rich, full-bodied vanilla-heavy offering and one of the few vermouths on the market designated "vermouth alla vaniglia". The original recipe was made using Moscato wine as the base. Still, the language used by Carpano implies an emulation on the original recipe than a strict 1:1 recreation, so I can't confirm this to be the case still. Fantastic on its own, but a bully in cocktails as it tends to overpower and impart its characteristic vanilla profile to everything it touches.


Casa Mariol Vermut Negre

Origin: Spain

Producer: Casa Mariol

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: Macabeu

Known Botanicals: at least 2 – wormwood and green walnuts

Sugar: N/A

Nose: banana, strawberry, cola, sarsaparilla, date, oregano, apple, clove, cinnamon, caramel, black cherry

Palate: cinnamon, vanilla, cherry, nutmeg, wormwood, birch, cola, peach, lemon, cocoa, pear

Finish: vanilla, cinchona, cinnamon, nutmeg, pear, dark chocolate, nectarine, peach

Additional Notes: Mahogany tinted brown. Solera aged. Light bodied. Dilution brings out a lot of stone fruit. Tastes like pie.


Cinzano Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Cinzano, distributed by Campari Group

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: 35 total, including wormwood, marjoram, thyme, musk yarrow, nutmeg, coriander, juniper, orange peel, and clove

Sugar: 140 g/l

Nose: cinnamon, vanilla, menthol, eucalyptus, black cherry, cola, clove, orange, gentian, oregano

Palate: cola, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, plum, raspberry jam, nutmeg, wormwood, currant

Finish: wormwood, black cherry, cola, nutmeg, gentian, lemon oil, orange oil

Additional Notes: Mahogany appearance. A cola bomb with lingering wormwood. Dilution brings out the baking spice and tempers the bitter notes.

Cinzano 1757 Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Cinzano, distributed by Campari Group

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: wormwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: sage, honey, oregano, vanilla, cinnamon, licorice, eucalyptus, clove, thyme, coriander, wormwood, juniper

Palate: wormwood, vanilla, gentian, cinnamon, cola, licorice, black cherry, menthol, dark chocolate, tobacco

Finish: wormwood, vanilla, cinnamon, cola, nutmeg, gentian, menthol, grapefruit peel, over-steeped black tea

Additional Notes: Deep reddish-brown. Wildly different from the standard Cinzano Rosso. Bitter and more herbaceous all the way around, though the cola finish is reminiscent of Cinzano Rosso. Dilution brings the confectionary notes out.


Cocchi Dopo Teatro

Origin: Italy

Producer: Cocchi

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Moscato D'Asti, Barolo Chinato

Known Botanicals: at least 5, wormwood, rhubarb, chiretta flower, cinchona, quassia

Sugar: 220 g/l

Nose: marzipan, cherry, fig, sandalwood, raisin, strawberry, sage, black pepper, coffee

Palate: cherry, wormwood, gentian, fig, coffee, cacao, raisin, sage, black pepper, stewed berries

Finish: gentian, wormwood, cacao, black cherry, lemon, mint, orange, white pepper, marzipan, cinchona

Additional Notes: Rich amber color. Vermouth di Torino. Velvety mouthfeel and texture. A vermouth amaro, most similar to Punt e Mes in terms of outright bitterness. The addition of Barolo Chinato brings balance a distinct winey-ness to the palate which is often lost in the heavy botanicals and sugar of Italian sweet red vermouth.

Cocchi Vermouth di Torino

Origin: Italy

Producer: Cocchi

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Moscato D'Asti

Known Botanicals: at least 15: wormwood, cinchona bark, rhubarb, orange peel, gentian, star anise, yarrow, rose petal, juniper, quassia, nutmeg, coriander, sandalwood, musk, myrrh

Sugar: 200 g/l

Nose: vanilla, cinnamon, banana, birch, oregano, strawberry, cocoa, lemon, gentian

Palate: chocolate, fennel, vanilla, wormwood, cinnamon, banana, clove, strawberry, gentian, rootbeer, cream

Finish: vanilla, clove, cinnamon, tobacco, cherry, wormwood, juniper, lemon

Additional Notes: Light auburn color. Vermouth di Torino (duh). One of the best and most versatile vermouths ever produced. The constantly moving palate is rooted in cacao notes.

Contratto Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Contratto

ABV: 17%

Wine Base: Cortese

Known Botanicals: 31 total, including wormwood, coriander seeds, bay laurel, yellow sweet clover, cinnamon, angelica root, nutmeg, bitter orange peel, carob tree pods, pimento seeds, rhubarb root, sage, cinchona bark, lemon peel, sweet orange peel, licorice root, and sandalwood

Sugar: 180 g/l

Nose: gentian, black cherry, cola, nutmeg, bark, coriander, oregano, cinnamon

Palate: white pepper, spearmint, carob, gentian, lemon, ruby grapefruit, lingonberry, eucalyptus

Finish: white pepper, gentian, grapefruit, orange, wormwood, blackberry

Additional Notes: Red-brown appearance. Pleasant body. Bitter and herbal. A perfectly balanced, distinctly Italian expression.

Del Professore Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Del Professore

ABV: 18%

Wine Base: Muscato

Known Botanicals: 13 total, including wormwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: marzipan, gentian, lemon, vanilla, thyme, honey, wormwood, peanut

Palate: honey, lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, wormwood, bark, fig, orange, black tea, cherry

Finish: honey, wormwood, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange, black pepper, vanilla, peach, black tea

Additional Notes: Brown/red color. Heavy and sweet – very herbal and medicinal.


Dolin Rouge

Origin: France

Producer: Dolin, distributed by Haus Alpenz

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Ugni Blanc/Trebbiano

Known Botanicals: at least 50, including wormwood, hyssop, genepy, chamomile, cinchona bark, rose petals, rhubarb, curacao orange, and coriander

Sugar: 130 g/l

Nose: sea salt, oregano, gentian, lemon oil, sarsaparilla, clove, cinnamon, fig, tobacco

Palate: cinchona, cinnamon, lemon, nutmeg, wormwood, honeysuckle, vanilla, birch, oregano

Finish: vanilla, cinnamon, orange, wormwood, tobacco, cinchona, blackberry

Additional Notes: Dark copper color. Opens up nicely with dilution. There's a good balance here between herbaceous and confectionary.


El Bandarra Rojo

Origin: Spain

Producer: El Bandarra

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: 50% Macabeo, 50% Xarello

Known Botanicals: at least 50, including wormwood, clove, cinnamon, and bitter orange

Sugar: N/A

Nose: lavender, cherry, lemon, cinchona, raspberry, plum, mint, fig

Palate: wormwood, plum, cherry, lemon, cinchona, rose, cedar, chamomile, blueberry, Chinese rhubarb

Finish: wormwood, plum, cherry, cinchona, mint, lavender, rose, anise, blueberry, cacao

Additional Notes: Deep reddish-brown color. Dry and drying with a medium-light body. Exceptionally floral. Plum and lavender through and through. Works very well in cocktails but seems to have a particular affinity for rum.


Florentino Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Giacome Sperone I.VI.S. Spa

ABV: 18%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: wormwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: cumin, cinnamon, vanilla, licorice, orange, rhubarb, gentian, cherry, almond

Palate: orange, cinchona, wormwood, cinnamon, vanilla, marjoram, cherry, gentian

Finish: clove, cacao, wormwood, vanilla, cinchona, orange, cinnamon

Additional Notes: Light red-brown color. Wonderfully bitter and confectionary. Medium body. Dilution brings more acidity, cutting the baking spices and bolstering the bitterness. Prominent cinchona.


Foro Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Foro

ABV: 16.5%

Wine Base: Moscato, Inzolia

Known Botanicals: at least 11, Roman wormwood, orange peel, saffron, aloe vera, cinnamon, balsam, myrrh, cornflower, mace, rhubarb, sandalwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: bubblegum, strawberry, banana, vanilla, ginger, allspice, mint, clove, cinchona, licorice

Palate: orange, wormwood, cinchona, clove, strawberry, banana, allspice, cinnamon

Finish: cinchona, cacao, lemon, clove, orange, mint, gentian, cedar, thyme

Additional Notes: Garnet color with amber highlights. Vermouth di Torino. Dilution turns it into a bittered Coca Cola. Lots of cinnamon, clove, and vanilla with a strawberry/banana bubblegum note from nose to finish.


Fred Jerbis Vermut

Origin: Italy

Producer: Fred Jerbis

ABV: 18%

Wine Base: Verduzzo del Collio

Known Botanicals: 25 total, three different varieties of wormwood, two different varieties of orange, angelica, gentian, cinchona bark

Sugar: N/A

Nose: cinchona, marzipan, green apple, gentian, licorice, bar leaf, orange, raisin, cinnamon, clove, gingerbread, vanilla, mint

Palate: black cherry, gentian, cinchona, angelica, cinnamon, vanilla, pear, green cardamom

Finish: gentian, lemon, raisin, cedar, star anise, pear, black pepper, green cardamom, wormwood, juniper

Additional Notes: Red tinted cola brown, Minimal sediment in the bottle as a result of high quality macerations and minimal processing.


Gallo Sweet Vermouth

Origin: USA

Producer: E&J Gallo

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: N/A

Sugar: 135 g/l

Nose: cherry, menthol, caramel, prune

Palate: raisin, gentian, grapefruit, menthol, cinchona, cinnamon, nutmeg

Finish: raisin, lemon, grapefruit, cherry, nutmeg

Additional Notes: For a company that buys 2/3 of California's grapes (E&J Gallo) for its wines and uses them to produce such gems as Carlo Rossi wine jugs, boxes of Vella, Boone's Farm, and Barefoot, little is known about the actual production methods. In this case, we probably don't really want to know how the sausage is made. Drinks more like a child's grape juice than a vermouth.


Gonzalez Byass Rojo

Origin: Spain

Producer: González Byass, distributed by Gonzalez Byass UK

ABV: 15.5%

Wine Base: Palomino, Pedro Ximenez

Known Botanicals: at least 9, including wormwood, savory, clove, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, angelica, and cinchona

Sugar: 141 g/l

Nose: bubblegum, vanilla, rose, cedar, clove, oregano, orange, strawberry, banana

Palate: cinnamon, clove, black pepper, gentian, banana, strawberry, fig, raisin, licorice, cranberry

Finish: cinnamon, clove, fig, nutmeg, vanilla, cranberry, fennel, orange

Additional Notes: Reddish-brown color. Pleasant body. Confectionary. Reminded me of egg nog on the palate.


Hotel Starlino Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Torino Distillati

ABV: 17%

Wine Base: Trebbiano/Ugni Blanc, Marsala

Known Botanicals: at least 13, 3 different kinds of wormwood (gentle, Roman, artemesia absinthium), cinchona, orange, vanilla, bitter orange, clove, raisin, rhubarb, tolu balsam, ginger, grape skin

Sugar Content: N/A

Nose: cinchona, orange, clove, cinnamon, raisin, fig, wormwood, menthol

Palate: cinnamon, vanilla, raisin, orange, apricot, rhubarb, oregano, black cherry

Finish: vanilla, cinnamon, clove, wormwood, tobacco, licorice, oregano, black cherry

Additional Notes: Huge cinnamon and clove with lots of stewed and oxidized red fruit. Rested in ex-Kentucky Bourbon barrels for 30 days. Leaves behind plenty of mulling spices and woody, stemmy flavors. Lots of cherry cola vibes throughout.

La Baronia de Turis 13:30

Origin: Spain

Producer: Baronia de Turis

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: Malvasia

Known Botanicals: wormwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: cinnamon, sage, sea salt, gentian, orange, dried apricot, straw, clove, black tea, poppy

Palate: vanilla, gentian, honey, lemon, chamomile, black tea, tannic, cinnamon, cinchona

Finish: vanilla, chamomile, orange, gentian, cinnamon, lemon

Additional Notes: Mahogany/orange color. Reminded me a bit of an Arnold Palmer: heavy on black tea and lemon notes.


La Quintinye Rouge Vermouth Royal

Origin: France

Producer: La Quintinye

ABV: 16.5%

Wine Base: Ugni Blanc/Trebbiano

Known Botanicals: 28 total, including wormwood, angelica, cinnamon, quassia amara, green cardamom, vine flower, licorice, iris root, bitter orange, nutmeg, and cinchona bark

Sugar: N/A

Nose: gentian, poppy, marigold, lemon, rose, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, marzipan, prune

Palate: fig, chocolate, toffee, tobacco, caramel, oregano, butterscotch, gentian, almond, poppy, rose, licorice

Finish: toffee, fig, raisin, orange, vanilla, cinnamon, tobacco, cherry, juniper

Additional Notes: Auburn color. No added caramel. Fortified with Pineau des Charentes Rouge. Heavy mouthfeel. Sweet, confectionary, and floral.


Lacuesta Rojo

Origin: Spain

Producer: Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta

ABV: 14.9%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: at least 5, including wormwood, vanilla, chamomile, and gentian

Sugar: 128 g/l

Nose: raisin, walnut fig, orange vanilla, almond, sherry, dates

Palate: black cherry, gentian, raisin, cacao, walnut, orange, vanilla, lemon, apple

Finish: raisin, cacao, vanilla, apple, toffee, lemon, strawberry, cherry, gentian

Additional Notes: Deep amber color. Light bodied, confectionary, fruity, pleasantly bitter, and acidic. Fantastic however you choose to enjoy it.


Little City Sweet

Origin: USA

Producer: Little City

ABV: 16.5%

Wine Base: Cayuga White

Known Botanicals: 53 total

Sugar Content: N/A

Nose: tobacco, bay leaf, star anise, white grape, cedar, white pepper, raisin, sweet potato

Palate: black cherry, cinchona, cedar, cinnamon, orange, licorice root, myrhh, banana

Finish: black cherry, cinnamon, star anise, ash, white pepper, cedar

Additional Notes: Batch 10 bottling. Red tinted cola brown color. Medium-light body. Warming and spicy with some charred notes.


Lo-Fi Sweet Vermouth

Origin: USA

Producer: Lo-Fi Aperitifs

ABV: 16.5%

Wine Base: Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay

Known Botanicals: at least 12, rhubarb, cocoa, clove, coriander, cardamom, orange oil, vanilla, gentian root, cherry bark, anise, coconut, dried fruit (listed on bottle, fruit unknown)

Sugar: N/A

Nose: licorice, fennel, rhubarb, vanilla

Palate: rhubarb, cocoa, vanilla, cherry, coconut, nutty

Finish: oak, gentian bitterness, orange oil, cherry

Additional Notes: Pale yellow/orange color. No caramel coloring. Wine sourced from E&J Gallo. Cream sherry added and presumably also sourced from E&J Gallo. A little harder to mix with due to its extremely light body/low sugar content, but the flavor always finds a way to come through.


Lustau Rojo

Origin: Spain

Producer: Lustau

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: Palomino (80%), Pedro Ximenez (20%)

Known Botanicals: at least 10, including wormwood, coriander, gentian, angelica, orange peel, sage, cinnamon, and cinchona bark

Sugar: 155 g/l

Nose: sea salt, raisin, currant, coriander, prune, orange, bark, mushroom

Palate: cinchona, gentian, cinnamon, concord grape, plum sweet red grape, citrus peel, plum

Finish: cinchona, gentian, walnut, cream sherry, cinnamon, vanilla

Additional Notes: Mahogany color. Velvety mouthfeel.

Mancino Rosso Amaranto

Origin: Italy

Producer: Mancino

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Trebbiano/Ugni Blanc

Known Botanicals: 38 total, including wormwood, chiretta, vanilla, rhubarb root, orange zest, juniper, cinnamon, clove, myrrh, and vanilla

Sugar: 135 g/l

Nose: cinnamon, clove, cedar, lemon, gentian, charcoal, orange, tobacco, juniper

Palate: raspberry, blackberry, cherry, juniper, lemon, cinnamon, cinchona, wormwood, clove, sage, rhubarb

Finish: cinnamon, vanilla, wormwood, clove, sage, orange, cherry

Additional Notes: Red-tinted brown. No caramel used for coloring. I've never tasted a vermouth with so much bright, fresh fruit on the palate. Incredibly fruity and light-bodied. Dry for a sweet vermouth with a drying bitterness.

Martini and Rossi Fiero

Origin: Italy

Producer: Martini & Rossi, distributed by Bacardi Limited

ABV: 14.9%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: at least 4, including wormwood, orange, and blood orange

Sugar: 180 g/l

Nose: candied orange, artificial orange, grass, cinnamon, peach, cherry, strawberry, rhubarb

Palate: orange, cinnamon, rhubarb, lemon peel

Finish: gentian, orange peel, grapefruit, cinnamon, rhubarb

Additional Notes: Ruby red. Medium-light body. Cloyingly sweet. A blood orange vermouth as sweet and straight-forward as the fruit itself.

Martini and Rossi Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Martini & Rossi, distributed by Bacardi Limited

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: Trebbiano/Ugni Blanc, Catarratto

Known Botanicals: at least 30, including two different varieties of wormwood, dittany, rose, violet, chamomile, Spanish lemon peel, bitter orange peel, raspberry, cascarilla bark, quassia, oris root oil, and gentian root

Sugar: 155 g/l

Nose: tobacco, bay leaf, ginger, prune, pine, cedar, coriander, black pepper, cumin, forest floor

Palate: licorice, cherry, tobacco, cinnamon, wormwood, oregano, bay leaf

Finish: cola, vanilla, wormwood, cinnamon, bay leaf

Additional Notes: Reddish-brown color. Very few bright notes on the palate. Heavy and herbal, woodsy, and savory.

Martini and Rossi Riserva Speciale Rubino

Origin: Italy

Producer: Martini & Rossi, distributed by Bacardi Limited

ABV: 18%

Wine Base: Langhe Nebbiolo

Known Botanicals: at least 5: three varieties of wormwood, holy thistle, red sandalwood

Sugar: 169 g/l

Nose: black cherry, oregano, sage, licorice, black pepper, strawberry, raspberry, gentian

Palate: raspberry, wormwood, bark, lemon, cherry, pomegranate, cassis, blackberry

Finish: bark, wormwood, nutmeg, pomegranate, blood orange, gentian, black pepper

Additional Notes: Ruby red color (hence “Rubino”). Full-bodied and rich. The nose is distinctively Martini & Rossi. Very little baking spice.

Martelletti Classico

Origin: Italy

Producer: Martelletti

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Moscato

Known Botanicals: at least 20, including wormwood, Romanian absinthe, yellow saffron, turmeric, aloe, myrrh, vanilla, bitter orange, cinnamon, and Chinese rhubarb

Sugar: N/A

Nose: mint, menthol, anise, fennel, cinchona, lemon, fig, cinnamon, rhubarb

Palate: orange, cinnamon, wormwood, raisin, date, gingerbread, charred oak, cola, caraway, honey, chocolate

Finish: vanilla, orange, raisin, fennel, rhubarb

Additional Notes: Golden-amber color. Vermouth di Torino. Notes of cream sherry on the palate.


Mata Tinto

Origin: Spain

Producer: Mata, imported by Ole & Obrigado

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: 90% Mencía, 10% Godello

Known Botanicals: at least 21 including wormwood, wall germander, blessed thistle, centaury, hyssop, sage, hops, clove, elderflower, saffron, star anise, bitter orange peel, cardamom, coriander seed, vanilla, elecampane, gentian, ceylon cinnamon, croton bark, cinchona, pomegranate bark

Sugar: N/A

Nose: thyme, red wine, raspberry, earthy and mild

Palate: cinchona, blackberry, orange, cinnamon, red wine, tannic

Finish: lemon, blackberry, vanilla, cacao, sour cherry

Additional Notes: Very dark red-tinted brown. Medium body. Sweetened with grape must. Fortified with neutral grape distillate. Botanicals are macerated in base wine for 18 months before filtration and fortification. One of those rare sweet red vermouths actually made from primarily red wine. Perfectly balanced between bitter, herbs, and spice with pleasant acidity and prominent bittereness.


Maurin Rouge

Origin: France

Producer: Maurin, distributed by Pacific Edge Wine & Spirits

ABV: 17%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: 15 total, including wormwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: gentian, lemon, cinchona, raspberry, orange, clove, tobacco

Palate: orange, cherry, raisin, cinnamon, green cardamom, clove, star anise, gentian

Finish: gentian, cinnamon, orange, nutmeg, vanilla, cranberry, green cardamom

Additional Notes: Rich ruby red color. Seemingly low sugar with a light body. Very good if not a little straightforward – not a ton of movement on the palate. Juicy and fruity.


Miro Rojo

Origin: Spain

Producer: Miro

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: 75% Airen, 25% Maccabeo

Known Botanicals: wormwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: cinnamon, raisin, plum, brown sugar, gentian, lemon, mint, sandalwood, vanilla, black pepper

Palate: cacao, cinnamon, vanilla, gentian, wormwood, mint, clove, orange, black cherry, raisin

Finish: vanilla, black cherry, lemon, white pepper, oregano, mint, cacao, clove

Additional Notes: Cola brown color. Vermouth de Reus designation. Medium-light body and relatively dry – doesn't stick to the palate and isn't particularly bitter. Lots of baking spice. Fruity and surprisingly juicy with some faint smokey wood notes.


Montanaro Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Montanaro, distributed by Domaine Select

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Marsala (21%)

Known Botanicals: at least 20, including wormwood

Sugar: 180 g/l

Nose: plum, gentian, marzipan, cinnamon, cinchona, oregano, black pepper

Palate: black cherry, plum, cinnamon, gentian, vanilla, orange, clove, mint

Finish: apricot, gentian, wormwood, vanilla, cinnamon

Additional Notes: Cola brown color. Vermouth di Torino. Well-balanced between stewed fruit, confectionary notes, and bitterness.


Noilly Prat Ambre

Origin: France

Producer: Noilly Prat, distributed by Bacardi Limited

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Picpoul, Clairette

Known Botanicals: at least 13, including wormwood, cardamom, cinnamon, lavender, vanilla, rose bud, coriander, and orange

Sugar: 168g

Nose: fig, raisin, prune, cinnamon, pomegranate, toffee

Palate: chocolate, cinnamon, burnt orange, raisin, vanilla, stewed fruit, cola

Finish: tobacco, vanilla, orange, caramel, toasted almond

Additional Notes: Amber color. Medium body. Not a traditional sweet vermouth, but significantly sweeter than the Noilly Prat Rouge. Heavy on the oxidized sherry notes. Recently lost distribution to the USA (2019). The US Noilly Prat website was updated in 2020 stating the Ambre is made with 13 botanicals, though previously it has been confirmed to contain at least 40. Awaiting confirmation to see if the Ambre was pulled and the recipe reconfigured for relaunch.

Noilly Prat Rouge (discontinued)

Origin: France

Producer: Noilly Prat, distributed by Bacardi Limited

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Picpoul, Clairette

Known Botanicals: at least 25, including wormwood, chamomile, nutmeg, bitter orange, gentian, saffron, cocoa bean, clove, and cinchona

Sugar: 140 g/l

Nose: clove, licorice, fig, cinnamon, orange, raisin, vanilla, blackberry, gentian, cedar

Palate: cocoa, cherry, raspberry, cinnamon, cinchona, mint, honey, chamomile

Finish: nutmeg, vanilla, lemon, mint, cacao, black currant, apricot

Additional Notes: Ruby color. Full of red fruit and cacao start to finish. Formula discontinued and updated in 2020.


Noilly Prat Rouge (2020)

Origin: France

Producer: Noilly Prat, distributed by Bacardi Limited

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Picpoul, Clairette

Known Botanicals: at least 29, including wormwood, chamomile, nutmeg, bitter orange, gentian, saffron, cocoa bean, clove, and cinchona

Sugar: 150 g/l

Nose: vanilla, raspberry, black tea, lemon, cinnamon, strawberry, cinchona, mint, pear

Palate: wormwood, lemon, raspberry, cinchona, mint, black currant, cherry, clove, apricot

Finish: wormwood, raspberry, straw, black tea, cranberry, lemon, black pepper, ginger, clove, cacao

Additional Notes: Ruby color. Full of red fruit and cacao start to finish. Current formula as of 2020.


Otto's Athen's Vermouth

Origin: Greece

Producer: See Additional Notes

ABV: 17%

Wine Base: Roditis (60%), Savatiano (40%)

Known Botanicals: at least 7, wormwood, rose petals, olive leaves, lemon, oregano, kumquat, angelica

Sugar: 120-130 g/l

Nose: cinnamon, lemon, wormwood, rose, cherry, vanilla, clove, sandalwood, mint, prune

Palate: cinnamon, rhubarb, mint, prune, orange, vanilla, wormwood, juniper, cedar, gentian

Finish: rhubarb, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, mint, cinchona, honey, clove, poppy, rose

Additional Notes: Dull red color which reminded me of oxidized strawberry. Medium, oily body. A big cherry/vanilla cola bomb with a floral rose note on the nose and finish. Distilled and bottled in Greece by Optimal Supply Chain under the authority of DS Concepts LTD as a collaboration with award winning Athens bar The Clumsies.


Parini Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Parini

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: wormwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: rose, coriander, moss, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, peach

Palate: cherry, lemon, vanilla, grapefruit, peach, cinnamon, bark, black tea

Finish: vanilla, apricot, cherry, sourdough bread, wormwood, lake water

Additional Notes: Amber color. Muddy, wholly uninteresting palate. Sweet with minimal movement. Off-putting, musty finish.


Perucchi Rojo Gran Reserva

Origin: Spain

Producer: Perucchi

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: wormwood

Sugar: 126 g/l

Nose: clove, vanilla, cinnamon, banana, walnut, orange, pear, rose, marjoram

Palate: lemon, wormwood, raisin, cinnamon, clove, cinchona, star anise, orange

Finish: cinchona, wormwood, raisin, cinnamon, clove, charcoal

Additional Notes: Mahogany color. Very light body. Drying, bitter finish. Claims to be the oldest vermouth producer in Spain.

Primitivo Quiles Rojo

Origin: Spain

Producer: Primitivo Quiles

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: Mourvedre/Monastrell

Known Botanicals: at least 4 – wormwood, fennel, sage, and clove

Sugar: N/A

Nose: lemon, banana, yeasty, green apple, clove, vanilla, menthol, tobacco, oregano

Palate: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, orange, wormwood, lemon, cinchona, raisin, balsamic, banana, cherry, apple

Finish: cinnamon, ginger, sea salt, vanilla, nutmeg, wormwood, raisin, green apple

Additional Notes: Amber color. Smells like a Belgian beer. Dilution brings out lots of apple. A fairly dry expression.

Priorat Natur Vermut

Origin: Spain

Producer: Priorat Natur

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Macabeo, Pedro Ximenez, Grenache Blanc

Known Botanicals: at least 6 – wormwood, fennel, rosemary, cumin, vanilla, and cinnamon

Sugar: N/A

Nose: thyme, lemon, sea salt, cumin, orange, fennel, oregano, tobacco

Palate: lemon, juniper, thyme, vanilla, cinchona, orange, plum, cinnamon, apple cider

Finish: wormwood, lemon, cinchona, gentian, juniper, cranberry, melon rind, dates

Additional Notes: Pink tinted orange color. Light body. Bright, bitter, and citrusy.


Punt e Mes

Origin: Italy

Producer: Carpano

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Muscat

Known Botanicals: at least 40, including wormwood, cinchona bark, and orange peel

Sugar: N/A

Nose: licorice, fennel, cinchona, cherry, cinnamon, clove, orange, gentian, straw, chamomile

Palate: wormwood, lemon, grapefruit, gentian, cola, cinnamon, clove, mint, blackberry, vanilla

Finish: wormwood, gentian, cherry, lemon, cinnamon, lavender, mint, orange blossom, rose, vanilla

Additional Notes: Reddish-brown color. A vermouth with a pronounced bitter note. Backstory and history play a big part in the Punt e Mes lore. Still, this is essentially a product designed to be one part Italian sweet vermouth and a half part Italian Amaro, hence the translation of Punt e Mes to “Point and a half.


Rockwell Sweet

Origin: USA

Producer: Rockwell Vermouth Co.

ABV: 16.5%

Wine Base: Symphony

Known Botanicals: California sagebrush, mission fig

Sugar Content: 155-160 g/l

Nose: caramelized banana, sea salt, sweet potato, cola, sour cherry, tobacco, mint, strawberry

Palate: maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, fig, cherry, banana, raisin, toasted rice, honey, marzipan, mugwort

Finish: cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin, orange, mint, banana, honey, sage, almond, mugwort

Additional Notes: Lot 1 bottling. Somewhere between amber and ruby in color. Medium-light body. Pleasantly dry on the palate for a sweet vermouth. Dilution draws the bitter notes out. Its incredibly unique profile can be a double-edged sword when mixing cocktails – it may not be a 1:1 swap for your go-to sweet red vermouth, but it's an exciting expression and a fine example of an American vermouth. Primarily bittered with Artemesia Californica.


Routin Rouge

Origin: France

Producer: Distillerie des Alpes

ABV: 16.9%

Wine Base: Cabernet Sauvignon, Jacquere

Known Botanicals: 24 total, including wormwood, coriander, clove, lavender, and vanilla beans

Sugar: 110 g/l

Nose: fig, raisin, orange, dates, cinnamon, millet, tarragon

Palate: black cherry, cinchona, lemon, cinnamon, date, cola, toffee

Finish: cinnamon, raisin, orange, fig, vanilla, cocoa, grapefruit, cinchona

Additional Notes: Red-tinted brown appearance. Chambery style vermouth. Technically a semi-sweet red vermouth rather than a sweet vermouth on account of sugar content. Medium-light body with a bright, cinchona and black cherry attack over plenty of cinnamon baking spice.


Scarpa Rosso

Origin: Italy

Producer: Scarpa

ABV: 18%

Wine Base: MoscatoKnown Botanicals: wormwood

Sugar: 155 g/l

Nose: mint, oregano, nutmeg, lemon, cinnamon, gentian, licorice, clove, cinchona

Palate: wormwood, orange, cola, vanilla, lemon, nutmeg, ginger, cinchona, dark chocolate

Finish: vanilla, cinnamon, plum, cherry, clove, ginger, grapefruit, wormwood, dark chocolate

Additional Notes: Cola brown appearance. Mixes particularly well in cocktails, especially those with a barrel-aged spirit base.


Tribuno Sweet Vermouth

Origin: USA

Producer: Tribuno

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: N/A

Known Botanicals: N/A

Sugar: N/A

Nose: candied peach, concord grape, raisin, salt, flour, white glue

Palate: grape juice, plum, lemon, cinchona, currant

Finish: peach, grape, prune, sea salt, nutmeg, strawberry

Additional Notes: Reddish brown color. Smells and tastes incredibly artificial through and through. Smells exactly like a peach ring gummy candy and tastes exactly like welch's grape juice. Cloying.


Txurrut Basque Vermut

Origin: Spain

Producer: Vegame

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: Hondarrabi Zuri

Known Botanicals: at least 20, wormwood, fennel, juniper, vanilla, walnut, rose petal

Sugar: N/A

Nose: sandalwood, cinnamon, vanilla, cinchona, raisin, ginger

Palate: cinchona, rhubarb, cinnamon, vanilla, orange, lemon, cedar, fig, cherry

Finish: cinchona, clove, vanilla, orange, raisin, rhubarb, ash, licorice, sea salt

Additional Notes: Reddish-brown appearance. Bright, racy acidity with quinine bitterness on the palate. Medium body with some salinity and minerality most prominent on the finish. Dilution highlights the cinchona, vanilla, and cinnamon.


Vidte Rojo

Origin: Spain

Producer: Vinos de Terruños

ABV: 15%

Wine Base: Muscatel, Merseguera

Known Botanicals: wormwood

Sugar: N/A

Nose: pear, cinnamon, cedar, bay leaf, orange, vanilla, rose, white pepper, rhubarb, banana

Palate: cinchona, pear, lemon, cinnamon, licorice, tobacco, tarragon, sage, rhubarb

Finish: cinchona, raisin, currant, tobacco, cinnamon, eucalyptus, pear, rhubarb, coffee

Additional Notes: Rich mahogany color. Savory, smokey, and spicy with a pronounced rhubarb bitterness similar to Cappelletti Sfumato Rabarbaro Amaro. Very light body, dries out quickly. Doesn't hold up particularly well in cocktails.


Vya Sweet Vermouth

Origin: USA

Producer: Quadry Winery

ABV: 16%

Wine Base: Orange Muscat, Colambard, Valdepenas (manufacturer lists variable wine base, changes semi-regularly?)

Known Botanicals: at least 17, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, clove, galangal, quassia bark

Sugar: 156 g/l

Nose: blackberry, orange, cinnamon, clove, gentian, cola, pine

Palate: clove, cinnamon, cranberry, ginger, cherry, lemon, sarsaparilla, pear

Finish: dried apricot, clove, orange, cinnamon, red currant, vanilla, chocolate, lemon

Additional Notes: Dark bronze color. The roots of the botanicals are used in the maceration. The flowers and leaves of the plants are used for the Extra Dry expression. Tastes like pie. Hard to place the bitter notes.


Notably Missing: Atsby Armadillo Cake, Brovo Jammy Sweet, Brovo Pink Rose, Carpano Classico Rosso, Contratto Americano Rosso, Del Professore Vermouth alla Vaniglia, Fred Jerbis Vermut, Gancia Rosso, Guerin Rouge, Hammer and Tongs L'Afrique, Lionello Stock Rosso, Kedem Sweet, Miro Rojo, Ransom Sweet, Spatola Sweet Vermouth, Yzaguirre Rojo, and Vidte Rojo. Will accept donations of any missing vermouths.


The Guides


Check out the individual regional Vermouth guides for more detailed information on regional styles and recommended bottles:


Dry Vermouth


French Dry Vermouth

Italian Dry Vermouth

Spanish Dry Vermouth

American Dry Vermouth

The Complete Guide to Dry Vermouth


Sweet White Vermouth


French Sweet White Vermouth

Italian Sweet White Vermouth

Spanish Sweet White Vermouth

American Sweet White Vermouth

The Complete Guide to Sweet White Vermouth


Sweet Red Vermouth


Italian Sweet Red Vermouth

French Sweet Red Vermouth

Spanish Sweet Red Vermouth

American Sweet Red Vermouth

The Complete Guide to Sweet Red Vermouth


Quinquina and Americano


The Complete Guide to Quinquina and Americano


Gentian Liqueurs


Tasting Guide to Gentian Liqueurs


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