GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON BRACHETTO FROM PIEDMONT, ITALY

Brachetto is a black-skinned Italian wine grape variety grown predominantly in the Piedmont region, where it has been cultivated since ancient times.

The Brachetto grape has regular production but not very steady due to its sensitivity to the virus. Brachetto is not normally blended with other grape varieties, and is responsible for sweet, frothy Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG wine from the region. The grape gives a bright ruby red wine of fresh taste with natural sweetness, light body and low alcohol. The wine is well known and appreciated for its intense aromas of red and black raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals. Brachetto is poorly structured and slightly tannic. The wine is best consumed in its youth, and is typically served slightly chilled, often with fresh fruit or fruit tarts.

To discover this grape variety, we suggest Rosa Regale 2015 by Castello Banfi. Rosa Regale is a very aromatic red sparkling wine with hints of raspberries, strawberries and rose petals. On the palate, fresh raspberries with crisp acidity and an initial softness, graduating to a clean and dry finish. This festive sparkling wine is perfect for any occasion as an excellent aperitif or elegant dessert wine.

Vivino: 4.1

Amsterdam, February 19th 2020