DOCG area for Spumante (Sparkling wine) in the Italian region Piedmont; the DOC was classified in 2011. The extensive zone extends in the Langhe hills on the right bank of the Tanaro River and comprises almost 150 municipalities in the three southern provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo. The defined acreage is relatively small at around 80 hectares. If the grapes come from classified vineyards, can Vigna followed by the location name on the bottle label can be specified.
Sparkling wine production with French grape varieties was founded here around 1850 by Marchese Leopoldo Incisa, whose grandson Mario Incisa della Rochetta (1899-1983) celebrated the famous Sassicaia created in Tuscany. The sparkling wine is made from at least 90% Pinot Nero ( Pinot Noir ) and or Chardonnay, as well as a maximum of 10% other approved varieties. According to the Metodo classico ( bottle fermentation ) at least 30 months lees (at the Riserva 36 months). There are four types of wine: Spumante, Spumante Rosato (or Rosa or Rosé), Spumante Riserva and Spumante Rosato Riserva (or Rosa or Rosé).