DOCG area for Spumante (Sparkling wine) in the Italian region Piedmont; The high classification of DOC took place in 2011. The comprehensive zone extends in the Langhe hills on the right bank of the river Tanaro and includes nearly 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 name of the label be specified.
The sparkling wine production with French grape varieties was established here around 1850 by Marchese Leopoldo Incisa, whose grandson Mario Incisa della Rochetta (1899-1983) founded 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. He has to go to the Metodo classico ( bottle fermentation ) with at least 30 months lees (at the Riserva 36 months). There are four types of wine: Spumante, Spumante Rosato (or Pink or Rosé), Spumante Riserva and Spumante Rosato Riserva (or Pink or Rosé).