Spirits & Wine

Castagna Classic Dry Vermouth

With the recent renaissance in gin, particularly with Australian craft producers, the vermouth category is making a comeback in Sydney bars.

From Castagna winery in Victoria comes Castagna Classic Dry Vermouth. The winery is located in Beechworth high in in the foothills of the Australian Alps and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot days and cool nights during the growing season. The winery employs biodynamic principles where the land is farmed biodynamically, the vines are pruned by hand and the fruit is hand-picked.

Castagna Classic Dry Vermouth
Castagna Classic Dry Vermouth

Castagna Classic Dry Vermouth (17% ABV) is made from 100% estate-grown grapes with a base of Castagna Shiraz Rosé that has been infused with over 30 botanicals. Everything that goes into the vermouth is grown on the vineyard, including the botanicals.

In the glass, the vermouth pours cloudy with a dark copper hue. On the nose, delicate aromas of spice, red fruit, citrus and wood notes abound. The palate starts with  savoury notes of cinnamon, cloves and spice and progresses to herbal and wood notes. The body is light to medium and ends dry with pronounced herbal and oak notes.

Castagna Classic Dry Vermouth lends itself to a wet style of gin Martini but makes for easy sipping, neat and chilled, garnished with an orange peel.

At the present time, Castagna is producing just the one type of vermouth. Castagna Classic Dry Vermouth has a RRP of $45 AUD.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.