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Brachetto d'Acqui Wine

Brachetto d'Acqui, also known as Acqui, is a DOCG found in Italy's north-western Piedmont region. It was awarded its classification in 1996, and its vineyard area of 2674 acres (1082ha) is strictly limited to 18 communes in the province of Asti and eight in the province of Alessandria, near the town of Acqui Terme, south-east of Asti. According to regulations, topography plays a major part in the quality of production and only those vines grown on soils primarily comprising calcareous-clay and marl-rich components are considered suitable.  

The coat of arms of Acqui Terme

Like many of the Italian wine regions, this wine has a story behind it. Traditionally it was very popular with the most famous character in the Italian comedy of masks, Gianduja da Gioan d'Laduja (Giovanni of the Jug). This character's high spirits and bubbly personality were compared to the fragrant red Brachetto d'Acqui wine in the jug he invariably carried around with him.

Brachetto is the red grape from which this wine is made, to the exclusion of any other. It is thought to have originated in and around the hills near Asti, most likely the Monferrato hills, although in their 1875 publication Ampelografia della Provincia di Alessandria, ampelographers Demaria and Leardi proposed that it came from Nice in eastern Provence.

Brachetto d'Acqui's unique aroma and flavor stems from its natural sweetness, intense aromatics and low alcohol (around 5.5% alcohol by volume). It is produced by macerating the must with the grape skins for approximately two days, during which time the characteristic ruby pigment leaches out, along with a certain amount of tannin. After fermentation the wine is aged in bottle for three months or more. This usually semi-sparkling frizzante red is characterized by its perfumed bouquet reminiscent of rose petals, strawberries and raspberries, and has a soft mousse (delicate foam) and mouthfeel. It is an excellent aperitif and provides an ideal match for fruit tarts, chocolate or Amaretti di Mombaruzzo, a traditional amaretto biscuit from the Acqui Terme area.

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We found 58 wines produced in this region.
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Grape 
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Castello Banfi Vigne Regali 'Rosa Regale' Spumante, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Italy Brachetto $20 402
Giacomo Bologna Braida Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $20 2846
Marenco Pineto, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Italy Brachetto $20 3534
Marenco Spumante Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $21 10601
Contero Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piemonte, Italy Brachetto $23 12691
Araldica Alasia Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $10 13648
Tenimenti Ca' Bianca Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $15 14653
Gancia Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $15 19941
Casa Sant'Orsola Brachetto d'Acqui Docg, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $16 20107
Il Fachetto Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $20 21955
Marchesi di Barolo Gatij, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Italy Brachetto $16 27030
Beni di Batasiolo Spumante Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $21 28887
Coppo Passione, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Italy Brachetto $23 30227
Cantina Sant'Evasio Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $15 30930
Bersano Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $10 33236
Rinaldi Vini Bricco Rioglio, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Italy Brachetto $25 33691
Cinzano Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $16 35101
Tosti Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $13 38288
Cascina Garitina Niades, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Italy Brachetto $15 39243
Bersano Castelgaro, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Italy Brachetto $20 41948
Viticoltori dell'Acquese Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $16 42536
Araldica Il Cascinone Cavallino, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Italy Brachetto $11 43741
Santero Villa Jolanda Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $16 44148
Convento Cappuccini Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $18 52103
Araldica Vini Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Piedmont, Italy Brachetto $13 52440
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