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Moscato

Moscato is quite rightly the flagship wine of Piedmont's winegrowers. The light fizz of the sweet sparkling wine is refreshing on hot summer days. The aromatic Muscat grape variety Moscato Bianco gives it finesse. Thanks to a generous residual sweetness, Moscato d'Asti can be paired wonderfully with desserts. But it is equally enjoyable as an aperitif or on its own.
Moscato is a lightly sparkling, sweet wine from Piedmont.

What is Moscato?

Moscato is a lightly sparkling sweet wine from Italy that is only produced from the Muscat grape variety Moscato Bianco (Muscat blanc) and that gains its fizz via a second tank fermentation (méthode Charmat or Metodo Martinotti).
The small-berried white Moscato grape variety known as Muscat blanc à petits grains belongs to the Muscat family of grapes. The wine's intense bouquet, reminiscent of orange and elderflower blossom, makes it a typical Moscato. But its fizz gives it a character all of its own.
A low alcohol content, usually 4.5 to 6.5 percent as a rule, fine bubbles with a pressure of just 1.7 bar and a sweet expression due to a minimum sugar content of 50 g/l make for a well-balanced character. The lightly sparkling beverage does not have the heaviness of some sweet still wines owing to its subtle sweetness and the aromatic fruitiness of the grapes. Instead of being opulent, it is refreshing and impresses with its finesse.
To create a sparkling wine, the grape juice undergoes a second fermentation in tanks according to the méthode Charmat. The must is filtered particularly carefully beforehand to retain the distinctive aroma of the Muscat grape. The quality is assured by the DOCG label which testifies to its state-controlled origin. This Muscat wine is therefore of the highest quality grade and has the status of a premium wine.
Moscato d'Asti is a speciality from Piedmont. Only the provinces of Asti, Cuneo and Alessandria have the honour of producing the sparkling wine which is full of finesse. In the rolling landscape of the former county of Monferrato (Montferrat), Moscato Bianco was already grown 500 years ago. The area's sandy, chalky soils and favourable microclimate preserve the concentrated spiciness of the Muscat grape variety. 

Moscato is a sparkling joy to drink

Thanks to a very pronounced fruity, floral aroma, mild fizz, pleasant sweetness and good body, Moscato is a memorable joy to drink at a variety of occasions.
Italians prefer to drink this Muscat wine from Piedmont as an aperitif or with dessert. Its lightness prepares the palate perfectly for the treats that are to follow. As a dessert wine, this sweet, sparkling wine harmonizes beautifully with fruit, light pastries and creamy sweet dishes. But it is also a real pleasure on its own. On hot summer days, in particular, it is highly refreshing. Enjoyed on its own, its floral bouquet with a fragrance of orange blossom and the fruity aroma really come to the fore. This Moscato has a flavour reminiscent of peach, nutmeg and elderflower. Sweeter variants taste of honey. In Moscato d'Asti Vendemmia Tardiva, an even greater sweetness is achieved through adherence to a minimum must weight and a late harvesting of the overripe grapes with their concentrated sugar.
Since the bubbles in Moscato d'Asti do not last long, this sparkling wine is best drunk young. If it is laid down for more than a year, it loses its fine perlage.
Asti Spumante is another type of Moscato which is based on Moscato d'Asti. The bubbles are generally produced by tank fermentation. But Asti Spumante wines may also be produced using the Metodo classico, meaning fermentation in the bottle. Since the fermentation is stopped at a later stage, the Spumante has considerably more bubbles. Compared to Moscato d'Asti, it is richer in extract and has a higher alcohol content.
Discover the diversity of Italy's sparkling wines. At Mondovino you can buy a Moscato and have it delivered conveniently to your door. You can also find a choice of other Muscat wines at Mondovino as well as at the Coop sales outlets.

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Moscato d'Asti: a sweet Italian wine

Are you a fan of sweet wines? Then Moscato d'Asti is sure to suit your taste. Find out more about the popular sweet wine here – such as its distinctive characteristics and dishes that it can be paired with.
Unlike Asti Spumante, Moscato d'Asti has only very few bubbles.

What characterizes Moscato d'Asti?

Unlike Asti Spumante, Moscato d'Asti is only very lightly sparkling – there is not enough fizz to label this sweet wine a semi-sparkling wine. It is generally only sealed with a standard wine cork. Moscato d'Asti is particularly well known for its sweetness. This is because the fermentation of this white wine is stopped at an early stage to make sure that plenty of non-fermented sugar remains. 
What wine-lovers particularly appreciate about Moscato d'Asti is the acidity on the palate, the fragrance of elderberry, apricot, rose and honey, and its intense golden-yellow colour. Its flavour also presents aromas of apple, lemon and nutmeg.

Which dishes can be paired with Moscato d'Asti?

This white wine impresses with a fine sweetness and aromas of ripe fruits, making Moscato d'Asti a particularly good dessert wine – to round off a meal, for example. Sweet desserts are shown off to their best advantage. Moscato d'Asti also goes beautifully with fresh fruits such as strawberries. If you prefer savoury dishes, you can serve blue cheese with it. Salads can also be paired well with the sweet Moscato wine.

Moscato d'Asti: a sweet gem from Piedmont

The sweet white wine is produced in the beautiful country of Italy – more specifically, in Piedmont, by the Cantina Ascheri winery. The winery was founded back in 1880 and has remained a family-owned business ever since. The vineyards cover around 28 hectares and are located in the heart of the Barolo area near the municipality of La Morra.
Would you like to sample the 2016 Moscato d'Asti? Then order it online from Mondovino today. You can also find all of our wines at our Coop sales outlets, of course.

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