Santo Moscato d'Asti
Santo Moscato d’Asti is a wine from the Vignaioli di Santo Stefano winery. The wine is a typical Moscato d’Asti with sweetness and freshness making it a perfect dessert wine.
Santo Moscato d’Asti facts
Winery: Vignaioli di Santo Stefano
Location: Santo Stefano Belbo, Canelli, Calosso
Grape-variety: 100% Moscato
Soli: Loose whitish marl, composed of clay, sand and silt
Altitude: 300 – 400 meters
Year of planting: 1976
First year of production: 1977
Bottles produced: 250.000
Vinification: Temperature controlled fermentation, stopped when the wine reaches 5% alc.vol.
Ageing: Stainless steel tanks
Production: 350.000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml, 750 ml
Notes from the winemaker
A sweet white wine; par excellence in dessert wine. Straw-yellow in color, of varying intensity depending on the vintage, it has an intensely fruity and characteristically aromatic nose with a nice persistency. The sweet flavor is perfectly balanced with its low alcohol content and acidity, giving the wine an inviting freshness.
The harvested grapes undergo a soft pressing and the resulting must is left to decant in stainless steel tanks for several hours. Following decantation, the must is transferred to another tank where the temperature is lowered to 2-3°C to ensure the preservation of the juice and prevent fermentation from beginning. After the harvest is finished, each separate must is homogenized in order to create a single, consistent quality for the entire vintage. Following this phase, fermentation of the must begins in temperature-controlled (16-18°C), pressurized stainless steel tanks until the alcohol level reaches 5.5%. This is the phase in which the perlage, or fizz, typical of Moscato is produced, obtained by trapping the CO2, a natural by-product of fermentation, in the tank until the internal pressure has reached a maximum of 2 atmospheres. Filtrations allow us to obtain a clear and stable product that will subsequently be bottled at a very low temperature, in order to facilitate the wine’s conservation.
Vignaioli di Santo Stefano Winery
With an almost metaphorical return to their origins, in 1976 Bruno and Marcello Ceretto founded I Vignaioli di Santo Stefano (together with the two partners Sergio Santi and the Scavino family) in the village of Santo Stefano Belbo, the birthplace of their father Riccardo. I Vignaioli represented new challenge with the objective of reaffirming the quality of a wine that had become overly commercial and poorly made due to the excessive prodution of several local industries. The company owns 25 hectares and rents an additional 16 hectares from the San Maurizio Estate, property of Count Carlo Vittorio Incisa Beccaria, a prestigious hillside area in the village of Santo Stefano Belbo. Limited pruning, balanced fertilizing, thinning of the bunches, and a careful selection of the grapes at harvest are the cornerstones on which vineyard management is based, while reducing rackings, clarifications and filtrations to the absolute minimum are fundamental to guaranteeing and enhancing the aromatic properties of the Moscato grape. Once the quality of the product had been established, efforts were concentrated on the image, modifying the form of the bottle and including a specially designed label illustrating a half moon, in honor of the great author Cesare Pavese, native to Santo Stefano Belbo.