Dry Asti? The Ministry says yes
Rome has approved the Asti Secco (Dry Asti). On 10th March the wine Committee of the Ministry for Agricultural Policies confirmed the modification to the production regulations, after the positive opinion of the ministry’s Technical Commission. Therefore the new types of Asti DOCG wine with a lower sugar content have been approved and will be distinguished as Asti Secco (Dry), Demi-sec and Extra Secco (Extra Dry). They will be on the market from this summer.
Dry Asti (and Sweet): a further opportunity
The director of the Asti Protection Consortium, Giorgio Bosticco, is very satisfied and points out, “While the attention, information and promotion of Asti Dolce and Moscato d’Asti DOCG remain a priority, the Dry Asti is undoubtedly an opportunity to integrate and complete the range of the designation, which will see an initial phase aimed more at a correct positioning than trying to reach certain volumes.” The Consortium recommends that the label must bear the wording “secco” (dry) on the same line as the name of the product “Asti”.
Targeting younger consumers
Bosticco has reassured those who fear that the birth of Asti Secco may “misrepresent” the designation. “After a long period of studies and research, we have developed a procedure for sparkling winemaking that enables us to produce a unique DOCG wine that can express the floral and aromatic fragrances typical of the Moscato variety it is made from.” Conversely, the Asti Secco could actually be an opportunity for the designation. “The reduced sugar content, compared to the sweet version, enables us to extend our range of wines to aperitifs or those to drink throughout a meal, as well as targeting younger consumers,” commented the director of the Asti Consortium.