About Vermouth from Italy

About Vermouth from Italy
Italy is regularly the world's leading producer of wine quantity-wise (or second next to France - the numbers are very similar), which should come as no surprise, as wine is produced in each of the country's 20 regions (this is the only country in the world where this is true). While there are still many inexpensive red wines produced in the south as well as in Abruzzo in the country's central region,along with a multitude of value-priced whites from the Veneto region in the north, the emphasis over the last thirty years in the Italian wine industry has been more on quality as well as regional and varietal differences in their wines. Some of the world's most highly regarded red wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) as well as Barolo and Barbaresco (Piedmont) are produced in Italy and have brought the country great respect from critics and consumers the world round. Of course, Chianti is a moderately priced red that is as popular a red wine as there is anywhere and Barbera from Piedmont and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, two tangy, spicy reds, have become extremely popular over the past two decades. As of late, Italian white wines have made great strides, as examples from Friuli, Alto Adige and Campania among other regions, have been recognized for their distinctiveness and vibrancy. Combining a sense of history with the emphasis on traditional indigenous varieties, along with a willingness to experiment and craft wines that modern consumers are looking for, the Italian wine industry is as strong and as relevant as ever.

Top Picks for Italy

Vermouth

Drapo NV Bianco Vermouth Italy
92 points
$16.95
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of tonka bean, chamomile, ripe fig, cedar, cinnamon, and birch venik with a vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a medium-long finish that presents accents of ripe apricot and sugar cane with no oak flavor. A beautifully integrated melange of herb flavors makes this Vermouth a dream to sip on ice, with soda, or in a superb cocktail.
92 points $16.95 Best Buy
Drapo NV Rosso Vermouth Italy
92 points
$16.95
Best Buy
Amber color. Herbal aromas of cedar smoke, autumn leaves, honey cake, and lavender with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, complex, long toffee, ripe mango, birch, caraway, lemon verbena, bitter roots, and green olive finish. A fuller-bodied amber Vermouth with a strong backbone; pair with any spirit to balance and elevate stirred cocktails.
92 points $16.95 Best Buy
Drapo NV Dry Vermouth Italy
88 points
$16.95
Steely amber color. Fresh, herbal aromas and flavors of warm sand, orange marmalade, cedar, chamomile, elderflower, and spearmint with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of tonka bean, candied citrus, and crystalized ginger. This citrus-forward Vermouth has delicate flavors in a concentrated package that delivers a complex but light sipping experience.
88 points $16.95
Cinzano NV 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso
88 points
$29.99
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of toasted bran muffin, alfalfa, cinnamon, wormwood, and dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with touches of burnt caramel, toasted allspice, clove, and coffee bean. A bold Vermouth with a balanced bitter finish that goes on and on.
88 points $29.99
Cinzano NV 1757 Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry
88 points
$29.99
Pale white gold color. Aromas of birch, baby’s breath flowers, white tea, lily of the valley, and carnation with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long rhubarb, jicama, woodruff, and tinned pears finish. Bright, woodland herbs shine in this Italian vermouth; an effortless companion to gin.
88 points $29.99
Drapo NV Tuvé Torino Gran Riserva Italy
87 points
$30
Dark amber color. Aromas of cedar sauna, lime leaf, cilantro, chamomile tea with honey, and white pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long cinnamon-ginger lozenge, crisp toffee, bitter wormwood, and woodruff finish. A cocktail-friendly vermouth with magnetic herbaceousness.