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Moscato d’Asti

Moscato d’Asti, a jewel in the crown of Piedmont, Italy, is a delightful wine known for its sweetness, gentle effervescence, and low alcohol content. Its history is deeply rooted in the lush vineyards near the town of Asti, earning it the prestigious DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status.

The rich heritage of Moscato d’Asti dates back centuries, with the indigenous Moscato Bianco grape variety reigning supreme. This grape variety has called Piedmont home for ages, with records dating back to the 13th century, enshrining its importance in the statutes of the town of Canelli. Moscato Bianco is often locally referred to as “Moscato di Canelli,” further emphasizing its connection to this storied region.

The heart of Moscato production, Canelli, remains central to the legacy of this wine. Nestled within the Moscato d’Asti production area, it’s a designated sub-zone where wines must be 100 percent Moscato Bianco to bear the coveted title “Canelli.” The town also hosts several renowned wineries, adding to its significance in the world of Moscato.

Moscato is a grape variety that transcends borders, gracing vineyards throughout the Mediterranean region, where it crafts both dry and sweet wines. However, it’s most celebrated for its fresh, aromatic, and grapey character. It’s not typically associated with producing “serious” wines but rather takes the spotlight in lighter, more indulgent styles, with Moscato d’Asti leading the way.

The enchanting Moscato d’Asti production zone unfolds across the hills just south of Asti town. This picturesque terrain extends approximately 50 kilometers from east to west, encompassing around 50 communes within the provinces of Cuneo, Asti, and Alessandria. To the west, it meets Serralunga d’Alba, where Nebbiolo-based Barolo wines reign supreme. To the east, the Bormida River meanders past Acqui Terme, where Moscato vines thrive alongside Dolcetto and Brachetto vines, essential for crafting Dolcetto d’Acqui and Brachetto d’Acqui wines.

The hallmark of Moscato d’Asti is its captivating aroma, brimming with floral notes and hints of peach, apricot, and fresh grape juice. It stands in stark contrast to Piedmont’s robust Barolo wines but remains one of Italy’s most beloved and iconic offerings. Renowned producers like Massolino, Castello del Poggio, Michele Chiarlo, Villa Rinaldi, and Paolo Saracco continue to weave the enchanting story of Moscato d’Asti, capturing the essence of this delightful Italian treasure.

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