Made from a base of Cortese (from Stefano Belloti of Cascina Ullivi) and Moscato (grown by the Bera family) and steeped in herbs and citrus, this latest addition to the Vergano lineup is a sensational base for cocktails. Subtle aromas of orange blossoms over a base of herbs. Delicious.
Wine maker notes
Vermouth is the only fortified and aromatized wine with a precise historical origin. It was first concocted 1786 in Turin by Benedetto Carpano. Since then the Vermouth has become one of the most famous drinks in the world both as aperitif or as an ingredient in cocktails. Its name derives from the German word ”Vermuth” which means Absinthe, one of its main components. Originally, the base wine was Moscato, but different wines have been used over time.
In my case, the base wine is a blend of dry Moscato and Cortese, another typical white grape of Piedmont. This mixture gives a correct balance between acidity and flavor.
The mixture of herbs and spices is very complex, dominated by herbs such as thyme, marjoram, basil, oregano that provide fresh and aromatic notes. The Absinthe component mainly in the variety ”Gentile” contributes to the bitter taste. As is the tradition Vermouth should be light yellow, clear, sweet /bitter and fragrant.
After earning a degree in chemistry, Mauro Vergano studied oenology and viticulture at one of Italy’s top schools. Soon after, he started working in the “flavors and fragrances” sector of a company full-time as a chemist. In his 15 years there, Mauro spent extensive time mastering the equipment that produce fragrances, all the while training his nose to correctly identify aromatic blends.
In the late 70’s, Mauro channelled his combined interest in wine and aromatized fragrances by producing small batches of his own Chinato. For years it remained a hobby, but with the encouragement of his friends and family, the idea of turning his passion into a full time job started to grow on him. Three years after retiring, the first bottles of Chinato were ready for sale.
Pushing things forward, Mauro released the Luli in 2003, a Moscato based Chinato that remains the only one of its kind on the market. Next was the Americano, a twist on traditional vermouth; by using the relatively unknown grape Grignolino as the base wine, Mauro has created a light, untannic and aromatic delight. The most recent addition to the lineup is a Vermouth made in a more classic, Piedmontese style.
Mauro uses only the finest ingredients, and his cupboard is full of herbs and spices sourced locally but also from around the world. The same is true for the sourced wines: the Chinato is produced from Giuseppe Cortese’s Nebbiolo, the Luli from Vittorio Bera & Figli’s Moscato, the Americano from Cascina Tavijn’s Grigolino and the Vermouth from Cascina Degli Ulivi’s Cortese and the Bera’s Moscato.