Recognized as the source of the best Barbera in all of Italy, Asti is a province (as well as a major city) in Piedmont, consisting of a gentle, rolling landscape with vineyards, farmland, and forests alternating throughout.
Historically consumers commonly associated the Asti region with Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti, both youthful, aromatic, sparkling wines made from the Muscat grape. Asti Spumante is less sweet, fully fizzy, and more alcoholic (yet still clocking in at only around 9% alcohol) while Moscato d’Asti is sweeter, gently sparkling (“frizzante”), and closer to 5 or 6% alcohol. Each is produced in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh and fruity flavors of the grape, often including peach, apricot, lychee, and rose petals. Asti is also the spot for the pink-hued Brachetto d’Acqui, a slightly sparkling wine ready to charm with its raspberry and rose flavors and aromas. This Moscato has aromas of yellow stone fruits, wild herbs, and spring blossoms out of the glass. The creamy, savory palate offers juicy apricot, candied peach, and tangerine zest alongside a softly foaming perlage. Fresh acidity enhances the flavors to create great depth. Enjoy this wine with aged white cheese or as a great finish to a meal.