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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Brachetto, distinctively aromatic light red grape variety found principally round Asti, Roero, and Alessandria, where it is particularly successful, in the piemonte region of Italy. It produces wines, notably Brachetto d’Acqui promoted to docg status in 1996, that are fizzy, light in alcohol (usually under 6%), and have both the colour and flavour of roses or strawberries—the light red equivalent of Moscato d’Asti. Occasional dry versions are made in Piemonte which has 1,459 ha/3,604 acres in total. Some is planted in Victoria, Australia.