Asti Spumante is definitely the best known Italian sparkling wine, widely appreciated both home and abroad.It is the first spumante in Italian history, created in the middle '800 in Piemonte thanks to the work of Carlo Gancia, which imported in the Asti province the Champagne making techniques from France. The area of production is spread in the hills of the heart of Piemonte, a land of rich cultural and food and wine heritage, where other excellent products are made, such as Nocciola del Piemonte IGP, Robiola di Roccaverano DOP and Robiola del Bec cheese.
Asti Spumante is made exclusively with moscato bianco grapes, an aromatic variety which has found the ideal habitat to grow and thrive in the Asti area. The wine is bright straw yellow with golden reflections, enlivened by a fine and persistent perlage. Bouquet is strong and peculiarly aromatic, with notes of peach, apricot, orange blossoms and wisteria. Flavor is mildly sweet, not very alcoholic, fresh and delicate, with a pleasant aromatic persistence.
Moscato d'Asti belongs to the same DOCG. It is a softer and sparkling, but not spumante, version of the Asti Spumante, which is recently enjoying a wide fame thanks to the high quality production from many winemakers.