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Aperol Logo.jpg
Type aperitif
Manufacturer Aperol
Country of origin Padua, Italy
Introduced 1919
Alcohol by volume 11%
Color Orange
A bottle of Aperol

Aperol is an Italian apéritif made of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients.


Aperol was originally produced by the Barbieri company, based in Padua, but is now produced by the Campari company. While Aperol was originally created in 1919, it did not become successful until after World War II.[1] Although it tastes and smells much like Campari, Aperol has an alcohol content of 11%—less than half that of Campari. Aperol and Campari have the same sugar content,[2] and Aperol is less bitter in taste. Campari is also much darker in color.

Aperol to be sold in Germany has an alcohol content of 15% to avoid German container deposit legislation regulations.

The Spritz, an aperitif cocktail, is often made using Aperol. The result is known as the Aperol Spritz.

Critical acclaim[edit]

Although it has not been frequently submitted to spirit ratings competitions, in two recent submissions, Aperol received high marks. In 2007, Wine Enthusiast rated Aperol in its 90-95 point category.[3] At the 2010 and 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the Aperol entry received double-gold medals—the highest available award.[3]


As of April 2010, Aperol is the official sponsor of Moto GP, the Grand Prix of Motorcycle racing.[4]

Aperol announced a partnership with Manchester United to become the club’s Official Global Spirits Partner from January 2014 until the end of the 2016/2017 season.


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