For today’s #ItalianFWT online conversation, we are dishing about Brachetto d’Acqui , a D.O.C.G from Piedmont which finds its maximum espression around the town of Acqui Terme.
The Grape and the Wine
The grape is called Brachetto and is used to make the wine called Brachetto d’Acqui. The grape is native to Piedmont, in particular to the provinces of Asti and Alessandria. Brachetto produces both sparkling and still wine, that is light ruby red in color, with strawberry-cherry fruit flavors and floral notes and is quite pleasing to the palate with a sweetness and a contained level of alcohol. According to Native Grapes by Ian D’Agata, there are a host of grapes called Brachetto but only three clones to mention and of those, Cvt 20, has the “highest sugar concentration when ripe and higher aromatic molecules such as geraniol, nerol, and citronellol.”
The Consortium, Viticulture, Vinification
The consortium was formed in 1992 and the area received D.O.C.G. status in 1996. There are 60 wineries in the consortium.
The sparkling version is made using the charmat method in tanks and was first produced by Arturo Bersano int he pate 19th century. The terroir in the 18 areas in Asti and eight areas in Alessandria where Brachetto grows have a mix of soils: sandy, white soils filled with calcium and lime, as well as red soils. The sandy soils bring fragrant aromas while the red soils bring color, alcohol and body while the whiter soils bring elegance and finesse.
The most widely known Brachetto in the United States at this moment is probably Banfi’s Brachetto d’Acqui Rosa Regale but there are many others that have made headway.
Sweet red wines that can be chilled are a trend in the United States and I am sure that Brachetto d’Acqui is garnering more attention.This D.O.C.G. is also a great one to pair with chocolate and fruit dessert.
Braida makes a beautiful one as well that I’ve had. After fermentation and maceration at cold temperature, this wine spends time in pressurized tanks before bottling. Only made in Piedmont, this is another wine which would be a surprise and something new to many.
In a nutshell Brachetto d’Acqui is a perfect wine for this time in our history. Red, fruity and lightly alcoholic. Authentic and indigenous to Piedmont, it can be made into a still or sparkling version or as a passito but that version is pretty rare. It’s delicate bouquet and light touch can bring joy in these trying times and offer some light-hearted pleasure.
Join my fellow Italian wine lovers as they share an array of Brachetto d’Acqui suggestions and pairings. If you catch us live today on Twitter at #ItalianFWT we will be chatting at 11am EST.
- Nicole at Somms Table is pairing “Marenco Pineto Brachetto d’Acqui and Simple Strawberry Treat”
- Lynn at Savor the Harvest is ready to “Brighten Up Lockdown with Brachetto d’Acqui Sparkling Wine #ItalianFWT”
- Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla is pairing “Stracotto di Manzo al Vino Rosso + Brachetto d’Acqui”
- Gwendolyn at Wine Predator is pairing “Brachetto d’Acqui and Grandma’s Biscotti with Cherries Poached in Red Wine and Marscapone #ItalianFWT”
- Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm is “Whiling Away the Time with Marenco Brachetto d’Acqui Pineto”
- Jeff Burrows at Food Wine Click finds “Piemonte Brachetto: Sweet, Fizzy and Red!”
- Terri at Our Good Life is spending “An Afternoon of Wine Learning: Brachetto d’Acqui”
- Linda at My Full Wine Glass is “Bingeing on Brachetto, Biscotti, Berries and a Chocolate Bunny”
- Marcia at Joy of Wine is exploring “Brachetto: The Sweetie of Piemonte”
- Cindy at Grape Experiences plans to “Bring Joy to the Table with Brachetto d’Acqui and Budino al Cioccolato (Chocolate Pudding Italian Style)”
- and here at Avvinare we explore “Brachetto d’Acqui – A Treat from Piedmont”