Learning about wine, vines and vignerons whilst living in the Languedoc

Kina than ever



Version francaise


According to the very good website Punch there is a vermouth renaissance at present, headed by demand in Spain. Coincidentally Jeff Coutelou has marketed his version of vermouth, Kina, this year. Good timing it would seem.

On July 17th Jeff prepared the next batch of Kina. Demijohns were given generous quantities of herbs and spices such as bitter orange peel, sweet orange, gentian and many others. Top secret recipe of course! White wine was added to top up the container and this will form the concentrate. In a few weeks when the wine has macerated with the flavourings they will be removed. The flavoured wine will then be diluted with more wine to produce the Kina.

It is a very refreshing aperitif, dry and flavoursome. Certainly we were not the only ones to appreciate the morning’s work a Icare found it a source of great interest.


Author: amarch34

I'm a recently retired (early!) teacher from County Durham in North east England. I am going to be spending most of the next year in the Languedoc leaarning about wines, vineyards and the people who care for both.

3 thoughts on “Kina than ever

  1. You are right, a real Vermouth revival here, since last couple of summers, in fact, if not before. Seems to be hand-in-hand with the gin, and negroni, thang (sic)!

    I’ve been drinking a few bottles of Lustau Vermut (red) this summer. I have a Partida Creus “MUZ” 1 litre as well, but keep holding it back in the hope that someone really into natural wine will come round and help us make inroads before summer ends.

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  2. You never invite me!!


  3. Pingback: Vermouth, Kina | amarchinthevines

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