How Martini Vermouth is Made: A Trip to Pessione, Italy
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A Visual Guide to Herbs Used to Make Vermouth

This summer I visited Turin and Pessione Italy with Martini vermouth. The distillery hosts the Martini visitors' center and museum, and in this post you can read about how Martini vermouths are made

On one particularly lovely day, our group piled into cars and drove around the countryside to see the local herbs used to make the vermouth. 

 

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We turned off into one field where we saw many local herbs growing: a few varieties of wormwood, chamomille, cilantro, and the very aromatic local peppermint. 

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Then we stopped into a farm cooperative where Martini sources many of the botanicals for the vermouth.  Helpfully they set out fresh and dried herbs that go into the vermouth, so I snapped shots. In the case where I found both the dry and the fresh version of the herb, I've put them together in the image- click the thumbnail to expand. 

 

 Artemisia Absinthim: They grow three types of wormwood locally.

  • Artemisia Absinthim fresh
  • Artemisia absinthium dired
Artemisia absinthium dired

 

 

Artemisia Pontica (Roman wormwood):

  • Artemisia Pontica Fresh
  • Artemisia pontica dried
Artemisia pontica dried

Artemisia Valesiaca:

Artemisia Valesiaca fresh

Artemisia Volgare (Mugwort):
  Artemisia Volgare fresh

 Roman Chamomille:

  • Camomilla Romana fresh
  • Chamomille dried
Chamomille dried

 

Gentian Root, Gentian Flowers:

 

 

Iperico (St. John's Wort):


Iperico fresh
Hyssop:
  Issopo fresh

 

 Melissa (Lemon Balm)

  • Melissa fresh
  • Melissa dried
Melissa dried

Menta Piperita. This is the highly-aromatic local peppermint. 

  • Menta piperita fresh
  • Menta piperita dried
Menta piperita dried

 

Santoreggia (Savory):

  • Santoreggia fresh
  • Santoreggia dried
Santoreggia dried

 

 Tarassaco (Dandelion):

  • Tarassaco fresh
  • Tarassaco dried
Tarassaco dried

 Salvia Sclarea (Clary)

Sapvia scparea fresh
Hopefully that will be a useful guide to some herbs used in vermouth and other drinkables. 

 

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