A fairy tale land­scape: the hills blan­keted by Moscato Bianco vine­yards

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Moscato Bianco grapes, from which Moscato d’Asti is made, are grown in a unique and fas­ci­nat­ing area of north­ern Italy. The vine­yards ex­tend over a sur­face area of about 9,700 hectares, on rolling hills along the banks of the Ta­naro river. These hills were de­clared a World Her­itage Site by UN­ESCO with their dis­tin­guished shape, ei­ther elon­gated or gently rounded.

The hills are dom­i­nated by the vine­yards, or­ga­nized in par­al­lel, al­most geo­met­ric rows, metic­u­lously well-tended re­sult­ing in an un­mis­tak­able and inim­itable land­scape.

The unique­ness of the taste of Moscato d’Asti is also a re­sult of the pro­duc­tion area’s cli­matic and ge­o­log­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics: the finest grapes come from cal­care­ous soil, in mi­cro­cli­mates, typ­i­cal of the hills sit­u­ated within the 52 com­munes, part of the prov­inces of Asti, Alessan­dria and Cu­neo. In par­tic­u­lar, dur­ing the first days of Septem­ber, Moscato Bianco grapes pro­duce pre­cious aro­matic sub­stances that an­nounce the on­set of har­vest time, when the grapes are picked mainly by hand.

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