A Portuguese Vermouth

 

Portugal is a country of diversity, great fortified wines, aromatic herbs, sweet and flavoursome fruit, ripe and golden grapes; of fish and salt, sea and sunshine, mist and sea breeze, mountains and rivers; of ancient traditions, of illustrious forefathers. But Portugal is also a window opened to the world: the maritime launch pad for the modern world of globalisation; a tiny country who faced terrifyingly Goliath seas in search of spices in the East and who would eventually find the new West. A country that incorporated the fusion of these spices, the fascination for sugar, the land, the sea, the iodine sea-breezes, the winds that sculpted creases in the faces of seamen. With 7 MARES Vermouth we tried to encapsulate all this in one bottle. We selected wines, local and exotic fruit, their oils and essences. We added spices chosen by those who know them well, some herbs from our hills and others from places where our people have been. So that through our hands, nose and mouth we could express with these aromas and flavours the real Portuguese character: adventurous, bold, proud of his country and knowledgeable of the world.

 

What is a vermouth?

 

Vermouth is an aromatic wine-based drink. It is known to have existed in the classical antiquity, as far back as the 6th century BC: Greeks and Romans used it to whet the appetite. But there are references to vermouth-like wines in eastern cultures like China or India at least 1,000 years before. The word "vermouth" comes from the German Wermut, which means wormwood, and is one the plants used to flavour the wine. The modern vermouth is said to have been born in Piedmont in the 17th century. The word "vermouth" was first used as a brand by the Italian company Carpano in 1786. Today vermouth is produced in most wine-producing countries.