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MOSCATO D' ASTI DOCG "CESARE PAVESE" Vallebelbo
- Region: Piemonte
- Type: Sweet Sparkling White Wine
- Proof: 5,5%
- Wine Variety: 100% Moscato Bianco
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: Hills near St Stefano Belbo and hills hailing from the Asti area. Production with Martinotti method. Service Temperature 6-8 degrees.
- Uniqueness: The light aroma of white flowers and musk.
History of a great Italian excellence
Moscato is one of the oldest vine varieties both in Italy and in other geographical areas. It certainly derives from the Middle Eastern pond of the Mediterranean and it was probably introduced in Italy by the Greeks, who cultivated in Greece the Anathelicon Moschaton, having brought with them seeds and shoots to plant the production in Magna Graecia. The Moscato grapes were known in Rome and seem to have been cited as Apicae (Cato) or Apianae (Columella, Plinio) to refer to the bees that would have liked the sweet scent of Moscato. Actually the name Moscato derives from muschus (musk) due to its intense herbaceous scent and its sweet aroma. Really interesting is the hypothesis of Venice that, annexed Crete, would have contributed to bring Moscato in Italy, where it finds its maximum qualitative expression in Piedmont, above all with the white Moscato. We have news of its presence in Piedmont between 300 and 500, when Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia limited the imports of foreign vine varieties to the advantage of the native ones. From 800 onwards Moscato spread with many synonyms and biotypes throughout Italy and even abroad. Moscato d'Asti lightly sparkling white wine is one of the great Italian excellence in the world. Sometimes dry or sweet passito.
With the fruits of your terrace
You discover that the small fig tree that you have planted in a vase on the terrace has matured, and a Sunday, after lunch, you find a dozen of wonderful and unexpected fruits ready to be caught. So proudly, you pick them and, after lunch, you eat them with pleasure, combining them with a fresh Moscato d'Asti that you kept in the fridge. A great combination between the sweet of the vine and the figs, that makes you love the summer and the good and unexpected things.
Very widespread in Italy and in the world
Mainly in Piedmont, especially in Asti and Alessandria and in other areas of the Langhe. We can find it also in Valle d'Aosta, in Oltrepò Pavese, in the Euganean Hills, in Tuscany, in Puglia, in Sicily and Sardinia with several synonyms like Moscato d'Asti, Canelli, Chambave, Trani, Noto, of Syracuse, of Tempio Pausania and Moscadello di Montalcino. Abroad, it is present in Spain, France (Alsace), Germany, Romania and, of course, Greece. The white Moscato is distinct from the Moscato Giallo and the Moscato di Alessandria, better known in Sicily as Zibibbo. It is also present in the North American continent.