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Punt e Mes Vermouth

  • Red Vermouth
  • Italy, 750ml

"A favourite of mixologists the world over, Punt e Mes offers a formidable base for a cocktail. That's because of the intense flavour, immediately evident on the nose. The bouquet is a collision of cinnamon and peat in a cloud of tobacco, and behind that you'll also get cloves and oily pine. On the palate it is smooth, in large part down to the honey, syrup and vanilla notes that help soften the sharp edges of that peppery cinnamon. Cherries marry with wormwood and there's a suggestion of menthol, too." Good Food

  • Winery: Branca - Carpano
  • Varietal: Red (rosso) Vermouth
  • Region: Italy
  • Vintage: NV
  • Alcohol:16%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Other: Commonly used by expert bartenders as a base for Manhattans, Negronis & many other cocktails.

Punt e Mes is a product of the acclaimed Carpano Distillery. Antonio Carpano opened a wine bar in Turin in the late 18th century and in 1786, began serving Carpano, a wine he had fortified and infused with sweetening herbs. This was to become the first commercial sweet vermouth in history. As legend has it, nearly a century later, in 1870, a stockbroker ordered a sweet vermouth from his nephew with an extra point-and-a-half of bitterness to reflect his loss on the market that day – and the rest is history.

Buy this popular and award-winning red (rosso, sweet) vermouth here in our online liquor store and get delivered direct to your door, we deliver nationwide.


The headquarters of Fratelli Branca is located in Milan, Italy, but they also produce some of their liqueur and vermouth in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Branca are perhaps most famous for their spectacularly intense digestif liqueur, Fernet Branca, which dates all the way back to 1845, when it was created by Bernardino Branca in Milan. It has grown incredibly popular over years, particularly in Argentina and San Francisco, where it is often served neat alongside ginger ale. Fernet Branca even made an appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, being enjoyed by Alfred Pennyworth! Nowadays, Branca also produce the Carpano brand of vermouth, including the rather wonderful Punt e Mes.


Carpano is a famous vermouth brand with a history dating back to the 18th century in Turin, Italy. Vermouth is a wine flavoured with botanicals. Carpano's recipes are known for their quality.

Antonio Benedetto Carpano made the first sweet vermouth in 1786. This became popular in Turin's royal court. The Carpano Antica Formula is known for its vanilla taste and complex botanicals. It is still a key product and is loved by mixologists for its authentic flavour.

The brand has a range of vermouths. Beyond the Antica Formula, they make Punt e Mes. This is both sweet and bitter. The name means "point and a half" in Piedmontese. It refers to the balance of sweet and bitter tastes. Punt e Mes adds complexity to cocktails with its herbal and citrus notes. 

The Bianco is a white vermouth. It is lighter but still complex. It has fresh, fruity notes with a touch of spice. This makes it good on its own with ice or in cocktails.

Carpano Dry is a less sweet vermouth. It suits those who prefer drier tastes. It is often used in Dry Martinis. It complements gin and lets its botanicals stand out.

These vermouths are made by infusing white wine with herbs, spices, and roots. This process has been refined over centuries. It makes a balanced and aromatic vermouth. Carpano is used as an aperitif and in cocktails like Negronis or Manhattans.

Carpano is known for its quality. This is not just because of its history. It's also due to its ongoing focus on craftsmanship and flavour. The bottles are elegant and reflect the brand's history. They are a sophisticated choice for any bar or drinks collection.

  • Gold - 2018 International Spirits Challenge - Vermouth
  • 5/5 Points - Good Food (BBC)
  • 93/100 Points - Wine Enthusiasts
  • Silver - 2019 International Spirits Challenge - Vermouth


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