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Brachetto

There is some debate as to whether the Italian Brachetto is related to Braquet noir grown in Provence. Many of the variety’s characteristics do not support this. What is undisputed is that the Brachetto grape variety comes from southern Piedmont in Italy. Read on to learn more about Brachetto.
Brachetto wine originates in Italy.

The origins of Brachetto

Since 1996, Brachetto wine has had a DOCG label (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, Italian for “controlled and guaranteed designation of origin”) for sweet red wine and sparkling wine from the Italian region of Piedmont. Brachetto is also known under several other names, for example Brachetto d’Acqui, Brachetto di Alessandria or Brachetto du Piemont. But where does this grape variety actually come from?
Brachetto wine can trace its origins to the Piedmont region of Italy. It is not known whether Brachetto is related to similar grape varieties. A few select places in Italy are officially permitted to cultivate this grape. For example, it is permitted in the province of Asti in Bubbio, Castel Rocchero, Fontanile, Montabone and some other growing areas. In addition, a few places in the province of Alessandria also possess the right to grow Brachetto. But regardless of where exactly your Brachetto was grown on the many hundreds of hectares in this winegrowing region, it’s definitely authentically Italian.

The taste of Brachetto

Brachetto is mostly known for being a sweet-tasting wine and is available both as a red wine and as a rosé. Irrespective of whether it is produced as a rosso or a rosato, as well as cultivation in the permitted region Brachetto must also meet other formal requirements. The most important one is that it must consist of at least 97% wine vinified from Brachetto. Accordingly, a maximum of 3% of other grape varieties may be added. The other blending grapes must also be exclusively from the region around Piedmont.
Brachetto is available in a number of styles. On the one hand it can be purchased as a still wine. However, it is mostly produced as single-varietal red or rosé spumantis with a pronounced fizz. Brachetto is also used to make dessert wines too. Typical aromas are, for example, nutmeg, roses and violets, often with light overtones of strawberry. It therefore has a predominantly floral fruity taste profile, and is also said to possess a slight aroma of musk.

What is the best way to enjoy Brachetto?

All wines differ as to how their aromas best unfold. Often apparently trivial things can affect the aroma, such as the temperature at which it is drunk. An authentic Brachetto should be drunk at a temperature of 8 to 10 degrees Celsius. Above all, it is important to ensure that it is not kept very long as Brachetto should be drunk young soon after release so that it retains its fizz.
This spritzy sweet wine can be enjoyed in many ways. Brachetto is most often offered as a passito wine with dessert, but a Brachetto d'Acqui also makes an excellent pre-dinner glass of bubbly. If you fancy experimenting to extend the wine’s original flavour, you can also mix it with a fruit juice.

A special treat for lovers of sweet wines

If you tend to prefer your wines on the sweet side, a Brachetto might be just the ticket for you. As it is matured in stainless steel tanks, none of its precious aromas are lost. The fermentation process is interrupted at an early stage, when the alcohol content is around 5% to 6%, to preserve a bit more of the grape’s sugar. This produces the typical fruity sweet flavour.

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