Brachetto d’Acqui / Acqui DOCG

Brachetto d’Acqui See Piemonte (Asti area) map, ref #3
Region:
History: Established as a DOC in 1969; became a DOCG in 1996
Vineyard Area: 420 ha / 1,037 acres (2018)
Production: 21,100 hl / 234,400 cases (2018)
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Brachetto
Styles and Wine Composition:
ROSATO WINES
  • Rosé or Rosato (Ro, RoFr, RoSw, RoFrSw): 97% Brachetto + OAG
RED WINES
  • Rosso (Rd, RdFr, RdSw, RdFrSw): 97% Brachetto + OAG
SPARKLING WINES
  • Spumante (RdSp, RdSpSw): 97% Brachetto + OAG
  • Rosé or Rosato Spumante (RoSp, RoSpSw): 97% Brachetto + OAG
DESSERT AND SPECIALTY WINES
  • Passito (RdSw): 97% Brachetto + OAG

Significant Production Rules:
  • Rosso cannot exceed 2.5 atmospheres of pressure
  • Spumante wines may undergo second fermentation in bottles or in pressurized tanks, lasting no less than 1 month
  • Grapes for Passito must be dried on or off the vine to achieve a minimum potential alcohol level of 15.5%
  • Minimum alcohol level: 5.0% for Rosso (11.5% potential); 6.0% for Spumante (12.0% potential); 11.0% for Passito (16.0% potential)
  • Residual sugar: Spumante can range from extra brut to dolce; minimum 50 g/l (5.0%) for Passito
  • Aging: For Passito, minimum approx. 9 months (ERD = October 1, V+1)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 08/07/2019

Note: While the denomination launched a new promotion of a less sweet rosé Brachetto d’Acqui in 2017, the rosé versions still represent well under 0.01% of total production.