Who doesn't know it, the light, fresh Italian. A Moscato is the epitome of Dolce Vita, a low-alcohol, sweetish sparkling wine. The most famous representative probably comes from the Piedmont: the Moscato d'Asti. Moscato is made from the muscat grape, one of the few grape varieties whose grapes already smell and taste like the wine that is made from them. This is why they are grown not only for wine, but also as table grapes. Muscat is probably the oldest, historical noble grape variety in the world. It has been growing around the Mediterranean for centuries, its origin is almost certainly in Greece, from where it came to ancient Italy. And afterwards, the Romans cultivated it in the whole Mediterranean area.
With an alcohol content of 4.5 to 5.5 percent by volume, Moscato d'Asti is more of a fermented grape must than a real wine, its fine bubbles coming from a carbonic acid pressure of about 1.5 bar. The sparkling Muscat from Piedmont smells of apricots, elderflowers and fruit fresh from the tree. Thus, it is an ideal companion to fruit, fruit desserts or simply as a light-hearted drink for an aperitif.
It owes its freshness to its special production method. The freshly pressed must is cooled and preserved without vinification at freezing temperature until further use. The must is pumped into a pressure tank, inoculated with pure-breeding yeasts and slightly heated so that fermentation can begin. From now on, they wait for the ideal moment to stop, and the fermenting Moscato is analyzed around the clock. As soon as it is ready, it is filtered and the sweet, sparkling wine is stabilized at sub-zero temperatures for three weeks. After that it is ready for bottling. The whole production process is repeated several times during the year so that we can always enjoy it full of freshness.
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