What is Vermouth?

by Charlotte Linter August 05, 2019

What is Vermouth?


In April last year we released an exciting new product for Bolney – a Rosso Vermouth! Lots of our fans have enjoyed sampling and reviewing it; pairing it with tonic and mixing it in their favourite cocktails – Negroni anyone?


Now I must admit, I myself had no real idea what Vermouth was and had never even tried one before ours launched. As a big fan of Gin (I think most of us have been swept up in that craze over the past couple of years), I was not sure if a Vermouth and Tonic would really hit the spot but, believe me, it’s delicious!

So what is Vermouth exactly and what does it have to do with wine? Well, essentially it's best described as a fortified wine that has been flavoured with botanicals. Ours has a beautiful and slightly medicinal flavour.


To make our Rosso Vermouth we first take our base wine and fortify it with ethanol and sugar. Next we “steep” the botanicals in that fortified wine. We use a mixture of roots, leaves, herbs, spices and fruits (including sloes and elderberries foraged from our Vineyards). The beauty of these foraged berries is that before we used them in our Vermouth they were going to waste every year, so it's great to have found a use for them.


But what is steeping you may ask? The botanicals sit in big ‘tea bags’ in the tank with the fortified wine, and over the course of two weeks they implant their flavour into the liquid. At the end of the two weeks we draw the liquid off, filter it, make final secret additions (sorry, our Production Manager, Alex has his lips sealed!) and then it’s ready for bottling.


Alex is the mastermind behind our Vermouth and, over the next month, we’ll be sharing lots of exciting content - including an interview with the man himself and some cocktail recipes.


If you are new to our Vermouth I think the best way to start is with a nice cold V&T (it pairs beautifully with a sunny evening in the garden!) Below I’ve shared our favourite serves to get you started:

Vermouth and Elderflower Tonic
This is served in a Balloon Glass
(also known as a Gin and Tonic Glass).
- Fill glass halfway with ice
- Pour over 35ml of Bolney Rosso Vermouth
- Top up with Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic
- Add a wheel of Orange and a sprig of Lemon Thyme



Vermouth and Indian Tonic
This is served in a Rocks Glass
(also known as a Low Ball Glass)
- Fill a third of the glass with ice
- Pour over 25ml of Bolney Rosso Vermouth
- Top up with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic
- Add a sprig of Thyme



Vermouth and Aromatic Tonic
This is served in a Balloon Glass
(also known as Gin and Tonic Glass).
- Fill glass halfway with ice
- Pour over 35ml of Bolney Rosso Vermouth
- Top up with Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic
- Add a wheel of Lemon and a sprig of Lemon Balm (optional - you can get this plant from garden centres but not supermarkets).

You can purchase our Vermouth here
You can discover Vermouth Cocktails here

Charlotte Linter
Charlotte Linter


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