ControcorrenteFriuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Controcorrente is the work of Enrico Ciroi, a one-man-band with a background working for both the Friulian winery Lis Neris and Prosciutto di San Daniele producer, Dall’Ava, before returning to his hometown of Udine to open his own restaurant and deli. It was around this time that he got the bug for natural wine, and, as the story goes, whilst mulling over a negroni one afternoon, he came to consider the fact that vermouth, despite being made from wine, rarely speaks much of the provenance of its base ingredient. Enrico came to consider the idea of expanding on the character of some of the wines he had enjoyed the most and using them as a starting point to inspire the qualities of a vermouth, rather than simply as a means to an end. One producer that Enrico had really come to admire was Daniele Piccinin, a contemporary Venetian grower and leading exponent of organic farming and additivefree winemaking in the region. After striking up a friendship over a few bottles of wine and sharing his idea, Daniele was more than happy to join forces, and so it came to be that Controcorrente vermouths would be made with his wines as their base ingredient.

Seeking clarity of flavour in the finished product, Enrico blends with just a handful of key botanicals that he feels link to the qualities found in the wine - wild Italian herbs and flowers, citrus fruit and even rhubarb make their way into the finished mix. Whilst staying true to the originating style of Torino, Enrico uses a little less sugar than the classic recipe, resulting in a versatile, harmonious balance of sweet and dry, meaning the vermouths are as much at home in a spritz or aperitivo cocktail as they are to be enjoyed neat over ice at the end of a good meal. Aromatic, bittersweet and herbaceous; Controcorrente has the potential to create a variety of delicious drinks.

Controcorrente Wines

Bianco Vermouth

Attention aperitivo lovers - Controcorrente is a modern take on the classic Torino style of vermouth, made with natural wine as its base and infused with various citrus and herb botanicals to aromatic, bittersweet effect. Find out more.

  • Region Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • Grapes Chardonnay & Durella
  • Vineyard Organic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites, fortified and infused with natural citrus & botanicals