The Brachetto grape has been grown in Acqui Terme area, Piedmont, since ancient times. After the advent of phylloxera, and the decline of interest in the sweet sparkling wines, the interest for this variety had fallen, only to awaken in the last few decades, culminating in 1996 with the recognition of the DOCG.
From the ampelographic standpoint, the identification of Brachetto has not been easy: in fact, in Piedmont there are many varieties with common features of the color of the berry (black) and the aroma. The “Moscato nero” of Roero, known as “Brachettone” and “Brachet” non-aromatic of Canavese are two examples of unauthorized local species and as such do not represent synonyms of Brachetto.
When talking about Brachetto the most important name is the DOCG Brachetto d'Acqui. This bright ruby red colored, fresh wine is well known and appreciated for its aroma with hints of rose and strawberry. Brachetto is poorly structured and slightly tannic.
Its berry is black, medium, and ellipsoidal with waxy, solid, black-dark purple colored skin, medium waxy. The cluster is medium, elongated, cylindrical or pyramidal, winged and medium compact with a medium, orbicular whole or more rarely three-lobed leaf.
The Brachetto grape has regular production but not very steady due to its sensitivity to the virus.
Brachetto grape gives a bright ruby red wine of fresh taste, distinctive for its aroma with hints of rose and strawberry.