Consorzio Asti, established in 1932, protects and promotes the Italian sparklers from Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Asti Spumante DOCG. These are bubbles used for toasting around the world, and a pride of Italian viticulture and oenology. These sparkling wines come from Moscato Bianco grapes, a variety that grows in the green hills of Piedmont. The wines are slightly sweet and pair well with desserts. Or enjoy them on their own as an aperitivo or digestivo. Read on for details.
Italian Sparklers from Moscato d’Asti DOCG
As mentioned, Consorzio Asti protects and promotes the Italian sparklers from Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Asti Spumante DOCG. We’re going to focus on Moscato d’Asti DOCG, and zero in on these two Italian sparklers that showcase the region: Tenute Neirano Pitulè Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Casa Sant’ Orsola Liberty Asti 2022.
First, Moscato d’Asti DOCG dates back to 1865, when producer Carlo Gancia learned vinification techniques in the Champagne region of France, and then introduced the “Classic Method” to Moscato Bianco grapes. In 1898, Federico Martinotti, the Director of the Experimental Institute of Oenology of Asti, invented a second approach. The “Martinotti Method” is a quick sparkling wine fermentation process, which made production less expensive and easier to manage, and allowed for the development of Moscato d’Asti.
Meanwhile, the hard work by the Consorzio and its members resulted in recognition by UNESCO, naming the vineyard landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato as World Heritage sites, subsequently protecting five distinct wine-growing areas. The UNESCO recognition also honors the heritage of the Moscato Bianco growers and Asti winemakers who created an economic system that respects and preserves the land for future generations.
Next, here are details about these two good-value Italian sparklers, priced between $10-$14.
Tenute Neirano Pitulè Moscato d’Asti DOCG
Tenute Neirano and its vineyards rise in the Piedmont region, north-west of Italy. The mild climate offers low rainfall, thanks to the shadow effect of the Alps. Vineyard workers cultivate the mainly calcareous soils with sustainable techniques. Critics have scored Tenute Neirano Pitulè Moscato d’Asti DOCG from Italy as one of the top five Moscato d’Asti wines. They’ve also called it “the best fruit salad in a glass.” This 100% Muscat of Asti is delicate and slightly sweet. But the vibrant acidity balances the sweetness. Also keep in mind that Asti is a synonym for party! So serve it at parties with fruit, cakes or pastries.
Casa Sant’ Orsola Liberty Asti 2022
Since 1947, Casa Sant’Orsola has grown with twin values: “innovation without fear coupled with a strong respect and remembrance for tradition.” One of their Italian sparklers, Casa Sant’ Orsola Liberty Asti 2022, features White Moscato from the Cuneo, Asti and Alessandria area. This bubbly is delicate, fresh and light, with a savory and mineral finish. In addition to desserts, this Asti complements oysters and blue cheeses. Or serve it on its own as aperitivo or as an elegant digestivo.
Summary: Italian Sparklers
In conclusion, Consorzio Asti protects and promotes the bubbles which are the pride of the Italian wine industry. Asti is a synonym for party, so pop the cork on Tenute Neirano Pitulè Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Casa Sant’ Orsola Liberty Asti 2022. In other words, we recommend you serve these good-value Italian sparklers at your next party with all kinds of desserts. Party on!
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Margot and Dave