Fancy a trip to Portofino? Of course you do. Just look at the place. Colourful, charming and soaked in sun, the world-famous Italian fishing village has been sitting pretty between the Ligurian Hills and the Mediterranean Sea for centuries. Brimming with dolphins and blessed with glorious weather, it has long attracted globe-trotters, jet-setters, celebrities — and, more recently, gin-makers.
Because, of late, Portofino Dry Gin has established itself as the true spirit of the Italian Riviera — with botanicals plucked from the Levante landscape and bottled in vibrant, vivid style. So, to celebrate Portofino Dry Gin’s stunning flavours, Gentleman’s Journal has teamed up with the brand. We’re offering our lucky readers the chance to experience ‘la dolce vita’ for themselves next summer — with a well-earned break at the splendid Hotel Nazionale.
But first, let’s get back to those botanicals. Because the village of Portofino — with its strikingly temperate climate and lush Mediterranean flora — is a sun-dappled goldmine of aromas and flavours. Along the warm turquoise shores, botanicals including lavender, lemon, rosemary and sage are handpicked by the brand’s spirited artisans; ingredients ripened and made rich by the sea breeze and the sun.
And every one of these flavours translates onto the tongue. Take your first sip of Portofino Dry Gin and you’ll wash ashore in Italy; riding a crisp wave of citrus and juniper. Soon, the initial hit of flavour breaks, making way for the local notes of perfumed, savoury herbs. Touches of marjoram and sage then evoke classic Italian cuisine — before a fresh finish rolls you back into the twinkling sea.
And the gin’s authentically Italian taste hasn’t gone unnoticed. Earning awards at The Gin Masters, The International Spirit Challenge and the London Spirits Competition, Portofino Dry Gin has swept the botanical board — even securing the title of ‘Best Italian Classic Gin’ at the World Gin Awards 2021. But we can see why. Whether you’re sampling a simple ‘Portofino Dry Gin and Tonic’, or enjoying a more elaborate cocktail, the first sip of this spirit is like taking a trip to Italy itself.
And there’s a reason for that. Portofino Dry Gin is not only inspired by and infused with ingredients from the Ligurian Coast — it’s also produced by an antique Italian distillery, and drenched in European history. The spirit is distilled using a crafty combination of traditional and modern methods, and the whole Ligurian innovation was prompted by the story of Klaus Pudel; the grandfather of brand founder and CEO, Ruggero Raymo.
Pudel saved Portofino from destruction during the Second World War — ensuring that the world-famous destination could still be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike for decades to come. And, to pay tribute to his memory, Portofino Dry Gin has ensured his spirit lives on within its bright blue bottles.
And now you, too, could benefit from the the family’s spirited, philanthropic efforts. Just enter your details below, and you could win a trip to picturesque Portofino for two next year. Including return flights from regional UK airports and a two-night stay in the charming Hotel Nazionale, it’s an incredible, enviable way to discover the jewel of the Italian coast. The hotel is the beating heart of Portofino; overlooking the harbour and still thrumming with energy and excitement of those ‘la dolce vita’ parties from decades past.
But that’s not all. Whilst in Portofino, you’ll also be invited to dine out at Ristorante da Nicola, where you’ll wash down many Ligurian specialities — including authentic Italian pizza and flavoursome fish dishes — with a gin cocktail even more sparkling than the shimmering, nearby sea. Now how does that sound?
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