Fine wine and spirits company Biggar and Leith has launched The Hotel Starlino range of Vermouths and Aperitivos. 

Starlino Vermouths hail from the Vergnano family’s Torino Distillati, in Piedmonte, North-Eastern Italy.

Beppe Ronco, master distiller and winemaker at Torino Distillati said, “Torino is the birth-place of Vermouth and here at Torino Distillati we have been making them for around 100 years. We are seeing a huge resurgence of interest in Vermouths and Aperitivos and wanted to create something new, fresh and delicious to bring this forgotten but wonderful category back to life. Vermouths are showing signs of being the next big thing.”

The packaging for the Hotel Starlino Vermouths and Aperitivos is inspired by and celebrates Italy’s turn of the twentieth century design and architecture. This design style, known in Italy as “Stile Liberty”, is famous in Torino.

There are three drinks in The Hotel Starlino range: Rosé, Arancione and Rosso.

Starlino Rosé (Pink Vermouth) is described as “a delightful and refreshing Aperitivo” and it is made by blending Rosé wine, spirit, pink grapefruit peel, orange peel and eight other botanicals including Wormwood and Coriander.

Starlino Arancione (Orange Vermouth) taps into the trend for orange wines. It is made from white wine, and orange distillate. The latter is distilled from Sicilian blood oranges plus seven other herbs and botanicals. The Orange and Rosé Starlino products are recommended served as a Spritz.

Rounding off the range is Starlino Rosso (Red Vermouth), which is a classic “Vermouth di Torino” made from a blend of Italian white wine, Sicilian Ansonica and Cataratto wines and Marsala Wine. This is then blended with a careful selection of botanicals including wormwood, bitter orange and cloves.  The Red Vermouth is then aged in Bourbon Barrels for six months to give a rich, spicy, vanilla flavour, according to the producer, and it is described as being perfect for Negronis, Manhattans, on the rocks or with a splash of soda.

At 17% alcohol, all three drinks in the Starlino range also tap into the trend for lower alcohol cocktails.

Starlino Aperitivos and Vermouth will be distributed in the UK and internationally from this month at an average shelf price of £23 for a 75cl bottle.