Brachetto D’Acqui D.O.C.G is a lightly sparkling red wine from Piedmont, Italy. It is a full-bodied, sweet tasting dessert wine. The grapes for the wine were harvested in 2016 in Piedmont and it can be consumed for two to four years from the harvesting year found on the bottle. The price range of Barchetto D’Aqui D.O.C.G varies between €6 to €13, depending on the store it is sold.
Brachetto D’acqui D.O.C.G is produced in the cooperation called The Cantina Vallebelbo Sca. It is located in Santo Stefano Belbo and it is one of the most important cooperations in Piedmont. It is a company which uses many types of grapes from many different wine-growers from the area of Langhe, to produce high quality wines.
Brachetto grapes are mostly planted in the vineyards in Asti and Alessandria, but it can also be found in some of the New World wine countries like Argentina and Australia. Wines made from Brachetto are usually light bodied and highly aromatic, with a flavour of strawberries, raspberries and cherries. For harvesting, this grape variety is quite challenging.
The area around Piedmont where the Brachetto grapes are often grown has a marly and calcareous soil. These soils contains a high amount of different nutrients and minerals. Due to the clay based soil, the vine with its roots has to work hard to receive enough nutrients and minerals. Clay based soil often contains lots of high levels of magnesium oxide and manganese, but also iron and phosphorus might be found in some areas. Depending on the type of soil, the levels of some minerals may vary. The harder the vine and roots have to work, the better the quality of wine will be produced in the future.
The wines made from Brachetto and labeled as Brachetto D’Acqui are most likely the best wines made out of Brachetto grape. Brachetto D’Acqui has had a D.O.C.G. classification since 1996. DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) is a classification system for high quality wines in Italy. The classification system is based on strict rules how to produce wines. Before bottling the D.O.C.G wine needs to pass a strict tasting and an analysis provided by a government-licensed specialist.
Brachetto D’Aqui D.O.C.G is produced with Charmat Method also known as Tank Method. This method is often used for sparkling wines. The purpose of Charmat Method is to produce large amounts of wine at the same time by starting the process of the alcoholic fermentation in large tanks. Tanks filled with wine, sugar and yeast, together develop carbonic acid gas that will eventually make a sparkling wine.
The taste of the Brachetto D’Acqui D.O.C.G. can be characterised as lightly alcoholic red-berry juice. It is lightly sparkled, ‘frizzante’ as the Italians call it.
The wine matches well with different kinds of berry desserts and light chocolate desserts. The perfect serving temperature for this wine is between 6 and 8 degrees.