The red variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Bracchetto, Brachetto, Brachetto d'Acqui, Brachetto di Alessandria, Brachetto du Piedmont and Calitor. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Braquet Noir or Calitor Noir be confused. According to done in 2013 DNA analysis she is from a supposedly natural cross between Muscat Blanc x unknown partner emerged. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see under molecular Genetics After an unverifiable hypothesis was allegedly an ancestor already in the antiquity known as Vinum Acquense. Probably originating from the mountains around Monferrato variety was first in 1877 by the Ampelographen Giuseppe di Rovasenda (1824-1913) mentioned.
The late-ripening, high-yielding vine is very prone to virus, It produces aromatic, light colored red wines with aromas musk and roses, This is ideal for the production of sparkling wines. It is mainly located in the provinces of Asti, Alessandria, Cuneo and Torino Piedmont grown. The variety is for the DOC / DOCG wines Brachetto d'Acqui (Varietal) Piemonte Brachetto and Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato authorized. It is also often used for the production of grappa (Grape marc). In 2010, a total of 1,460 hectares of vineyards were recorded for Italy (ten years earlier, there were 1,534). A small stock is supposedly also in Australia ( King Valley ); however, no stock was reported in 2010 (Kym Anderson ).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service