Moscato of course is simply the name of the grape, a Muscat grape. It is this grape that brings the floral aromas, with roots traced back to Italy’s province of Asti and the village of Canelli in particular. Though often referred to as Moscato Bianco, among its many aliases, this grape should be famous as Moscato Canelli!
What makes Moscato d’Asti special you ask? Well, it’s many things all rolled up into one, but it starts with the perfect adaptation over centuries to the home turf. Layer in a unique terroir with precipitously steep south facing hillsides, manual harvesting of all grapes, and the gentle sparkling nature of the wine, and you have freshness and delicacy that other Moscato producers can only dream about.
The region’s other famous sparkler, Asti (formerly known as Asti Spumante) is fully sparkling. Asti has both a higher alcoholic content and less sweetness than Moscato d’Asti, even though it is made from the same Moscato Canelli. So kick back this holiday season and drink something festive and delicious. Try the true Moscato. Oops did I say that? Moscato d’Asti!
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