Description 1 of 1

Moscato d’Asti is a lightly sweet sparkling wine produced in the town of Asti, in the Piedmont section of northern Italy. Moscato Bianco, the grape from which it is produced, is thought to have been growing in the region for many centuries. In the early 1600s, a jeweler from Milan named Giovan Battista Croce, on his riches from making royal jewelry, moved to Turin and bought his own vineyard around the towns of Montevecchio and Candia. In 1606, he published a book called Of the Excellence of Wines That Are Made on the Mountain of Turin and How to Make Them, which described the recipe for Moscato d’Asti: The stems have to first be removed from the grapes right before pressing, then the must (crushed grape juice prior to filtration) is fermented separate from the skins. Then the juice is repeatedly filtrated until it runs clean. Never mind that the prescribed method of filtering wine in those days was to use tightly wound cloth. Which often meant socks. 

Moscato d’Asti is sweeter than Asti Spumante, another regional sparkler from the same grape. For Moscato, the fermentation process is stopped earlier, so less sugar is eaten up by the yeast. The residual sugars present a sweeter, less alcoholic wine. 
 
But there were unforeseen dangers early on in its production, and so producers often made Moscato d’Asti strictly for personal use. By the time the wine was bottled after the harvest, cellars had gotten quite frigid and the fermentation that was occurring in the bottles would halt until spring. But then along with warm sunshine and singing birdies came the sound of exploding bottles because the yeast cells started doing their thing again, causing excess CO2, which got trapped. And the bottiglie, they go a-BOOM!
 
But nowadays, winemakers have the benefit of modern technology to produce delicious, and safe, Moscato d’Asti. This lightly sweet, aromatic wine is often very low in alcohol, around 4.5 - 6.5%, due to the residual sugars. It is enjoyed both as a dessert wine and as an aperitif. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

Back to top

« Back to Moscato d'Asti Overview




View larger map



Recipe Downloader

RiceSelect

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Recent Forum PostsView all


Moscato d'Asti wine ratings and reviews






Snooth Media Network