Vermouth Padró & Co.
The making and selling of vermouth in Catalonia, has been documented since the second half of the nineteenth century. At that time, the export of wine and local brandies from the area around Tarragona was really taking off and parallel to this positive industrial and commercial climate, vermouth was able to take root there as a new wine product.
The Padró & Co. Rojo Classico is a tribute to the vermouth which was sold originally from wine cellars or enjoyed religiously every Sunday at noon. These vermouth’s evoke those herby and slightly medicinal aromas which can transport you back, even now, to the atmosphere inside those local bars and cafés.
The base wine is made with Macabeo and Xarel·lo grapes from the Padró family’s own vines. After the first winter, they add their special red vermouth herb formula to make a base coupage which they then leave to rest and evolve in barrels for between nine and twelve months. These barrels originally contained sherry, after which they were used for a time to transport wine and they have now adapted them for vermouth storage.
A very expressive nose with aromas of sweet spices – in particular cinnamon and cloves – with lots of candied fruits. A creamy and fresh palate that gives way to a finish reminiscent of slightly bitter Mediterranean herbs. Serve with tomato juice and some lemon juice, Lea & Perrins, Tabasco and salt & pepper.