The Nascetta vine is a native of the Alba area, grown on the hills of Barolo and Novello. Rovasenda cites it as the “Anascetta” in his “Essay about universal ampelography” in 1877 and describes it as “extremely delicate grapes and the best wine.”
At the time, in addition to winemaking in blends, this grape was definitely used for table consumption. Sadly, over time the vine has taken a back seat and today, unfortunately, the Nascetta is grown exclusively in the municipality of Novello, and in a very limited way. Only recently some sensible winemakers have become interested in this particular grape variety, also because in the region of Alba, except Arneis and a few others, great white wines are lacking as they are traditionally less important.
The Nascetta grape has excellent oenological characteristics: recent analyzes classified it as a semi-aromatic variety with a high content of aromatics. The scent of this wine is mainly formed during fermentation, as is the case of Sauvignon.
The berry is white, medium, spheroid to ellipsoidal, short with medium thick, waxy, yellow or golden colored skin. The bunch is medium-large, cylindrical with one or rarely two wings, compact with a medium-small pentagonal leaf.
The Nascetta variety has medium-high vigor, early ripening. It has medium-high and constant productivity.
The Nascetta vine gives a pale yellow wine with greenish reflections. The scent has intense aromas with floral notes of iris and acacia flowers, fruit (apple, grapefruit, and tropical fruits) and honey. In the mouth it is fresh, slightly bitter and of good flavor. The aftertaste has pleasant citrus notes. Thanks to the good structure Nascetta also bears well the aging in barrels revealing spicy aromas and vanilla taste.