Italian Dessert Wine Moscato d'Asti

Organoleptic characteristics: Moscato d'Asti is bright, of more or less intense straw yellow color, has a distinctive, fragrant aroma and in the mouth is sweet, aromatic, distinctive, sometimes lively or sparkling. Historical-cultural information and curiosities: The history of Moscato d'Asti involves inevitably Moscato Bianco, the grape variety with which it is produced. Moscato Bianco was imported by the Greeks in southern Italy, and in the Middle Ages the cultivation of these grapes was extended also to the north thanks to Venetian traders. The production of Moscato saw its heyday in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in the Piedmont region, thanks to the favorable climate and the laws enacted in favor of agriculture. The nineteenth century saw the birth of the wine industry within the Piedmont region: on the one hand, Asti Spumante, on the other hand, Moscato d'Asti, a more delicate wine, of original scent, produced by small companies. Serving suggestions: It is a dessert wine, generally accompanied by sweets, fruits, ice cream. To make an exception to the rule, however, it can be enjoyed with savoury food: it is usual, in the areas of production, to accompany it with salami and cheese, also spicy. Production area: Territories in the provices of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo. Grape varieties allowed for its production: Moscato Bianco.