Definition - What does Brachetto mean?
Brachetto is a slightly sweet, aromatic and fizzy wine from the region of Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) Brachetto d'Acqui in Piedmont, Italy.
It is light-bodied and made from the black-skinned grape, Brachetto. It is similar to Lambrusco and has the body of a Moscato d'Asti. In the past, it was also made as a dry table wine.
Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita means "Designation of Origin and Guaranteed" in English and refers to appellations in Italy of this designation.
WineFrog explains Brachetto
Brachetto d'Aqui received its DOCG status in 1996 and since that time, it has grown in popularity. By Italian wine law, the wine from this region must be made with 100% of the Brachetto grape. It is made by macerating the grapes with the must for about two days in order to achieve the signature ruby hue.
Following fermentation, the wine is aged for a minimum of three months and then released for sale.
Description of Flavor
The wine is light-bodied and is typically around five-percent alcohol. Signature aromas of the wine range from red currant to blackberries, strawberries and roses.
How to Serve
Brachetto d'Aqui is best when served chilled with fresh fruit. Some claim it is a great wine to have with pizza.