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ASTI:

 

ASTI and MOSCATO d’ASTI can be considered the two Italian white aromatic wines par excellence
and rank among the great wines of Piedmont.

 

ASTI Spumante, (undoubtedly the world’s best-known sweet sparkling wine) and MOSCATO d’ASTI
are among the few wines in which the sensory qualities of the
grapes remain unaltered,
as a result of soft pressing and incomplete alcoholic fermentation.

All of this transfers the aromas and flavours of the freshly-picked bunch to the goblet.

 

Discover the difference

ASTI SPUMANTE DOCG

Is made entirely from Moscato bianco grapes. Benefiting from the chalky soil and the microclimate typical of hilly areas. It has a characteristic musky flavour, well-balanced sweetness and acidity and moderate alcohol content. In recent years, ASTI producers have set an important new course, paving the way to expanding the range of Asti styles, based on different residual sugar levels from demi-sec to extra-brut.

The concentration of the precious aromatic substances (linalool) produced by the Moscato bianco berries peaks in the last few weeks before the grapes are harvested in early September. Harvesting is still accomplished by hand to keep the bunches whole and preserve the characteristic aroma of the grapes – factors that contribute to making ASTI DOCG the most widely consumed aromatic sparkling wine in the world.

Characterized by particularly fine and persistent beading, ASTI offers a fresh mouthfeel that makes it suitable as a full-meal wine. On the nose, one can appreciate a delicate floral (acacia, lavender, sage) and fruity (apple, pear, banana) bouquet.

MOSCATO D’ASTI DOCG

Following the recognition of the “Asti” Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin (DOCG) status in 1993, ASTI Spumante and MOSCATO d’ASTI were identified as two different historical expressions of the same varietal. MOSCATO d’ASTI DOCG is one of the most characteristic products of the Piedmontese wine tradition.

The wine has a distinctively intense musky aroma of the grapes it is made from, a delicate flavour that is reminiscent of wisteria and linden, peach and apricot, with hints of sage, lemon and orange blossom. It has some residual sugar and a low alcohol content.

MOSCATO d’ASTI DOCG is not a sparkling wine, as it only undergoes partial fermentation in pressure tanks. Fermentation is terminated when an alcohol content of about 5% by vol. is reached. The use of cold chain technology in the production process means the aromas and flavours of the grapes are preserved and the product can be stabilised, ready for storage and transportation.

DOCG Status since: 1993
Grape variety: Moscato bianco
Max. grape yield: 10 tons/ha
Color straw to pale gold
Foam: fine and persistent
Nose: fragrant, floral, with hints of linden and acacia

Taste: delicately sweet, aromatic, well-balanced
Clarity: brilliant
Min. potential alcohol content: 11.5% by vol.; min.actual alcohol 7% by vol. for Asti dolce and approx. 11% for the other styles from demi-sec to pas dosé

DOCG Status since: 1993
Grape variety: Moscato bianco
Max. grape yield: 10 tons/ha
Color straw yellow
Foam: fine and persistent

Nose: fragrant, floral, with hints of sage
Taste: delicately sweet, aromatic, characteristic
Clarity: Brilliant
Min. potential alchol content: 11% by vol; min. actual alchool  4.5% by vol

To carry out technical assistance, draw up research proposals and economic assessments aimed at enhancing the value of the Designation.

To protect and safeguard the Designation from improper use, unfair competition and counterfeiting.

To carry out, on behalf of all those who are subject to the Designation-related checks, the functions of protection, promotion and valorization, as well as informing consumers and generally looking after the interests of the Designation.

Adopt policies regulating supply in order to contribute to improved coordination of the Designation’s distribution on the market, through consultations with sector representatives.

To define plans for improving the quality of the product.

To appear before judicial and administrative authorities, in Italy and abroad, in order to safeguard and protect the Designation and defend the interests and rights of the producers.

To carry out surveillance actions, mainly in the distribution stage.

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