Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita
The vineyard is located at 250 metres above sea level on the hill of Moncucco, in the Municipality of Santo Stefano Belbo, where the average slope far exceeds 40% and the exposure ranges from South to South-West.
The ground consists of sandstones, alternated with sand in thin layers and marls. Since the soil is mostly clay and light sand, the conditions for the White Moscato from Canelli to grow are ideal ones.
The vineyard has an average age of forty years. The planting density is typical of old vineyards which are not mechanised: a hectare is about 6000-8000 plants. This way the production per strain is very restricted (about 1.2 Kg) and it is therefore possible to obtain high-quality productions.
The production of a single hectare is about 8.5 tonnes.
The “Vigna Moncucco” has a production of approximately 3900 bottles per year.
Usually between the end of August and the first ten days of September, when the grapes have reached full ripening, the harvest takes place, strictly performed by hand and using small boxes.
Once in the winery, the grapes are pressed whole to preserve maximum quality. After a first racking, the must is fermented to gain sparkle (“prise de mousse”). After having rested on the lees in November, the bottling can then take place.
Since the quantities processed are very modest, we make a single bottling throughout the entire year. This is why those who taste “Vigna Moncucco” during the next several months can appreciate its progressive evolution. This wine does not have anything to do with any other Moscato d'Asti, always fresh and similar to the previous one, but it is in fact an extremely lively wine that varies over time.
The most classic combination is made when the wine is served with sweets, but it surely is a product capable of bringing pleasant surprises if tasted as a “sweet aperitif” or in contrast with savoury dishes.