Campari brings Italian ‘wine window’ to Australia

18 January, 2021 by Andy Young

With trips to Italy off the agenda right now, Campari has decided to bring a little piece of Italy to Australia, opening its first Aperitivo at Smoke Bar at Barangaroo House in Sydney.

Inspired by the ‘wine windows’ or ‘buchette del vino’ of Florence and Tuscany made famous during the 17th century plague, this is a way to get a drink without direct contact. The windows have been shut for centuries, but last year saw around 150 historic wine windows reopen in Florence.

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In a statement, Campari said: “This summer, chic and cheeky rooftop Smoke Bar along with Italy’s own Campari, is bringing a twist of the wine window to Sydney on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the first time. The Campari Aperitivo Window operates during Aperitivo hour (that’s 4pm – 6pm) serving up the perfect Negronis, Campari Spritz, and Campari Soda against a stunning backdrop of Sydney’s waterfront.

“Take the stairs up to the impressive rooftop Smoke Bar, settle in, order your drink with a waiter, and receive a Campari token. Head up to the Aperitivo window, ring the bell, present your token, and just like that your drink appears. Grazie.”

Running from 21 January to 28 February the Campari Aperitivo Window will be complimented with executive chef Tom Haynes’ bar snacks including a selection of Italian-style cured meats and cheese to share, Sydney Rock Oysters, and plenty more.