The famous Italian wine Gancia Asti is rich in history, it was created by Carlo Hans in 1865. He used a grape variety White Muscat, and with the advanced technology of making champagne. Asti sparkling wine has won many prestigious awards, confirming the high quality. In the 20th century the wine house was the official supplier of several Royal courts of Europe.
The history of the brand
Winemaker Carlo Gancia, born in 1829, in Italy. Desire to grasp technology of making champagne, he spent in the French Reims a few years. After returning home and settling in Piedmont, Gancia opens his own wine house in 1850. His fertile land he considered suitable for vineyards. It grows there today variety White Muscat, which Asti took its sweet fruity taste.
Carlo Gancia has long experimented with different ways of making champagne. The result of his hard work was the creation of sparkling wines of Asti. Gancia Asti is one of the varieties of Italian sparkling wine. It is produced by the grape Moscato Bianco.
With the popularity of the wines of the Asti, Carlo Gancia expands production, buying land in Apulia and Sicily, the vineyards of which he considered suitable. Italian winemaker is constantly in search of improving its technology, its product has been recognized as one of the best on the continent. In 1870, the wine house Gancia Asti supplied to the Royal court, and in 1924 and the Pope. He was allowed to use the coat of arms of the Pope and the Royal courts of Italy and Sweden, supplier of the latter he became, in 1951.
Champagne or sparkling?
A common misconception that Italian Asti is champagne, in fact, Carlo Gancia initially tried French technology for its production. Digging into the history, it is easy to see that the vast majority of European winemakers of the 19th century took his training in France. Therefore, all sparkling wine is named champagne that plagued the creators of the original recipe. In the end, this led to strict classification, which champagne can only be called a wine created in champagne.
Another significant difference is that Asti is produced only from the grapes of the White Muscat and Chardonnay. This is what gives it such a sweet taste, uncharacteristic of real champagne. Differences exist in production technology: secondary fermentation of Asti takes place in closed autoclaves under pressure, and champagne “Matures” in the bottle. The main difference between sparkling and champagne is the value of French wine is 3-5 times more expensive than Asti.
Note! Gancia Asti is produced only in Italy, because it’s easy to distinguish a fake: if the bottle lists a different country of origin, the wine is not original.
Some types of Gancia Asti and their tasting characteristics
Italian wine Gancia Asti has several types, each of which has a distinctive bouquet and aroma. Varying sweetness and fruit notes, you can find a suitable drink for any dish.
This wine has a fresh flavor, suitable for aperitif, fish dishes, light salads. Its fruity aroma with hints of wild flowers goes well with a light taste of dry wine. Particularly successful is the filing of Gancia Brut to Mediterranean cuisine.
Gancia Asti DOCG
Sparkling wine Gancia Asti DOCG is one of the most famous wines of Asti, it has a rich taste and delightful aroma. It is possible to detect notes of honey, sage and orange. The taste is balanced, gives a fresh, fruity sweetness. It is served with meats and cheese, to dessert.
Gancia Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore
The taste of this wine combines the softness of dry wine and bubbles, because its freshness will satisfy even gourmets. In the aroma you can catch the smell of fresh bread, citrus, and because it is served with meat and fish dishes of European cuisine.
Grande Reale Gancia Brut
This Italian wine is the most versatile type of Asti, in terms of selection of dishes to him. His smell dominates the flavor, it is used for aperitif, served with seafood, cheese, salads.
Grande Reale Gancia Dolce
The most suitable for nut and fruit desserts, this wine has the aroma of grapes and wild flowers. The taste is sweet, dominated by notes of fruit. Sour citrus notes accentuates the sweetness of the finish.
24 Gancia Cuvee Millesimato, Asti DOCG Metodo Classico
This wine will perfectly complement a festive table, the taste is multi-faceted with fruity tones. It is possible to detect notes of grapes, nutmeg, and apricot. Delicate aroma of acacia and peach makes this kind of Asti truly aristocratic drink.
Gancia Moscato Rose
This kind of Gancia Asti differs a pinkish tinge, and strawberry flavor. It is suitable for ice cream, berries with cream, and desserts. Leaves a fruity aftertaste with hints of plum and peach.
Gancia Asti DOCG Vintage
Balanced flavor with fruity and vanilla notes makes Gancia Asti Vintage one of the most famous and expensive. It is suitable for slicing salami and cheese and it is served with desserts and ice cream.
Gancia Cuvee Riserva 60
Many lovers of white sparkling wines recognize this sort of the best, the taste is multi-faceted, moderately saturated. Distinguishing feature – a creamy aftertaste, the aroma of fresh pastries and vanilla. It serves all dishes of European cuisine, including pasta and rice.
Sparkling wine Gancia Asti is relatively inexpensive French champagne. In Moscow the average price is 800-1000 rubles per bottle. The cost varies depending on the variety and year of production of the drink. The shelf life of Asti does not exceed 2-3 years, after this period it loses the taste of fruity freshness and bright flavor.
Gancia Asti is a famous Italian wine along with Martini Asti, whose popularity has long gone beyond the borders of Europe. Multifaceted taste and invariably high quality are distinctive features of the wines from Piedmont tradition of which is preserved to this day.
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