Brachetto d'Acqui, Contero 2016 is no longer available

This is a carousel with zoom. Use the thumbnails to navigate, or jump to a slide. Use the zoom button to zoom into a image.

Out of stock

Brachetto d'Acqui, Contero 2016

Red Wine from Italy - NW Italy (Piedmont)
0 star rating 0 Reviews
Drinking this delightful, scented sparkling Italian red is like munching perfectly ripe grapes off the vine, but the uncomplicated pleasure can be spun out longer! With lovely rose-petal aroma and seductively sweet grapy flavour, this is delicious at any time of day.
is no longer available
Code: IT23181

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • 6 - Dessert sweetness
  • Muscat
  • 6% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap

North West Italy

The most renowned of the north western wine regions of Italy is Piemonte, and it is arguable that it is the most renowned of all Italy’s wine producing regions. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, both made solely from the nebbiolo grape that performs particularly well on the slopes around the town of Alba, Piemonte produces some of the most famous, and increasingly sought after, wines in the World. These are wines that manage to harmonise power and finesse, harnessing the abundant tannins of nebbiolo to richness and concentration but, in good examples, never tipping over into heaviness. They have all the components necessary to make wines that can age for many years and achieve a silky elegance that reminds many of the finest Burgundies. The climate is largely continental with a little influence from the Mediterranean over the hills helping to maintain the long, warm autumns that nebbiolo needs to reach full ripeness on the limestone, clay and sandy soils not far from the Alps to the...
The most renowned of the north western wine regions of Italy is Piemonte, and it is arguable that it is the most renowned of all Italy’s wine producing regions. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, both made solely from the nebbiolo grape that performs particularly well on the slopes around the town of Alba, Piemonte produces some of the most famous, and increasingly sought after, wines in the World. These are wines that manage to harmonise power and finesse, harnessing the abundant tannins of nebbiolo to richness and concentration but, in good examples, never tipping over into heaviness. They have all the components necessary to make wines that can age for many years and achieve a silky elegance that reminds many of the finest Burgundies. The climate is largely continental with a little influence from the Mediterranean over the hills helping to maintain the long, warm autumns that nebbiolo needs to reach full ripeness on the limestone, clay and sandy soils not far from the Alps to the north.

Besides nebbiolo the Piemontese also make wines from varieties that give them something to drink while the Barolos and Barbarescos mature gracefully in vat and bottle. Dolcetto (little sweet one in Italian) and barbera are the principal varieties, best known for producing fruity, lively reds to match the foods of the region but which are also now being taken more seriously and given the treatment that can turn them into something far more refined and structured through lower yields, better sites and oak ageing. Beside them growers persist with the lesser known but just as fascinating freisa, rouchet, grignolino, brachetto, pelaverga, bonarda, croatina and vespolina, and the white varieties cortese and arneis. Lastly, but these days not necessarily least, Moscato d’Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui are two wines that, when made well, can be a delight – frothy, sweet and fragrant bubblies of low alcohol and gentle fizz for enjoying with a range of desserts when lightness of touch is called for or for drinking in the garden on a warm Summers’ evening.

North of Piemonte is the Valle d’Aosta, the smallest wine region in Italy squeezed into a valley abutting the Alps almost in the shadow of Mont Blanc and reaching out to the French border. Here, on steep Alpine slopes, varieties like petite rouge, fumin, malvoisie and petite arvine sit alongside a few plantings of chardonnay and make characterful wines with a mountain freshness that goes delightfully with the local cuisine. Slightly to the east a scramble of small appellations such as Gattinara, Ghemme and Lessona produce perfumed and fine boned variations on nebbiolo, here known as spanna and sometimes blended with other local varieties, that were once more famous than Barolo.

In the north-east of the region on the border with Switzerland Valtellina Superiore also majors in nebbiolo of excellence, this time within the region of Lombardy. Head south from Valtellina Superiore to the hills around Lago d’Iseo and the méthode traditionelle sparkling wines of Franciacorta are made from pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot bianco grapes. Throughout Lombardy still wines are made from an assortment of varieties in several different appellations without any making a stand as the focal point of regional production. Perhaps the closest to achieving such recognition, besides the increasingly well-known Franciacorta, is Lugana just south of Lake Garda where turbiano (aka verdicchio) can produce some excellent, fragrant whites on a flat glacial plain where the lake acts as a moderator of temperatures, cooling the air with its breezes.

Liguria, famed more for its picturesque and exclusive Riviera resorts than its wines, runs in a strip from the French frontier to the border with Tuscany. Vineyards are small and fragmented due to the rugged terrain as the Ligurian Appenines finally curl and dip towards the sea and because of this Liguria’s production is tiny, if interesting. Vermentino, rossese, sangiovese and dolcetto are all grown but the most famous wine, oft seen by the tourists who consume most of it, is Cinque Terre made from bosco with either vermentino or albarola blended in.

Finally, the wines of Colli Piacentini, Oltrepo Pavese and Gutturnio close to the city of Piacenza on the edge of the Emilia-Romagna, if chosen carefully, can provide much pleasure with wines made from barbera, bonarda and a number of international varieties. However, much of the crop and the wines made here are destined for spumante producers or blenders based elsewhere.
Read more

Contero

Now owned by the Marenco family, who are moscato and brachetto specialists, the 11-hectare Contero estate remains one of the best producers of invigoratingly delicious Moscato d’Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui.

The vineyards are situated on steep hills in tufaceous-marl soils set in a perfect amphitheatre in the commune of Strevi (the heart of one of the best zones for moscato in Piemonte). The vines are superbly tended and produce fruit of stunning quality.

The vines are Guyot trained and hand harvested into wooden boxes for transport to the winery. The best and ripest moscato grapes with the highest potential alcohol are used for Moscato d’Asti rather than Asti DOC.

The Wine Gang

An underrated classicand a brilliant bottle to have in stock when a wine is needed for chocolate,this sparkling red from northern Italy has a strawberry coulis concentrationthat's freshened up with...
An underrated classicand a brilliant bottle to have in stock when a wine is needed for chocolate,this sparkling red from northern Italy has a strawberry coulis concentrationthat's freshened up with perky bubbles and a nice cut of acidity. This wine shouldcarry a warning though: addictive.
Read more

- The Wine Gang

JancisRobinson.com

Rosé colour. Sweet,simple grapey aromas, with just a tiny hint of mousiness on the finish.

15/20 Richard Hemming

The Guardian

… rose-petal-scentedsparkling red ... which would go fantastically with [Thomasina Miers'] cherryfool and chocolate chip cookies.

- Fiona Beckett

Decanter

This light-bodied,low alcohol sparkler is the perfect summer tipple to enjoy in your garden on aSunday afternoon.: it's fresh and grapey with rose petal hints mingled withwild strawberry fruit. Sweet...
This light-bodied,low alcohol sparkler is the perfect summer tipple to enjoy in your garden on aSunday afternoon.: it's fresh and grapey with rose petal hints mingled withwild strawberry fruit. Sweet but surprisingly refreshing - and dangerouslyquaffable.
Read more

- Christelle Guibert

2016 vintage reviews
2014 vintage reviews

Bestselling wines

Back to top