Italian Sweet Wine
Sweet wines or dessert wines are traditionally served with dessert - for example with cake, cream or ice cream. However, they taste just as good with cheese or neat as an aperitif. They are full-bodied, sweet wines with an oily, rich consistency. According to EU regulations, wines with a sugar content of 45 grams or more are sweet wines.
They are produced either by drying or fermenting the grapes, and drying can be done either directly on the vine or spread out on racks. Rosinization of the grapes has the effect of concentrating the sugar of the grape in the kernel and making the wine sweeter. For example, in the production of Tuscan Vin Santo, the grapes are dried for a long time directly under the vintner's attic.
In addition to Vin Santo, you will find a wide selection of sweet drops from South Tyrol, Tuscany, Veneto and other regions of Italy. Also a Lambrusco or Moscato d' Asti from Piedmont will sweeten your evening.
It is recommended to enjoy sweet wines at a temperature of 8 degrees, either from a dessert wine glass specially designed for this purpose or a wine glass. Sipped, they caress the palate and, together with the dessert, conclude the evening. - Gerardo [TS07/22]
"Most sweet wines are made from grapes that hang on the vine for a long time and can therefore accumulate more sugar. More effort is required to pick ripe grapes and dry them before pressing - by spreading them out either in the sun or on racks in an airy place. This raisining removes water from the grapes and concentrates their sugar content." - Max Allen (The Magic of Wine)
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Italian Sweet Wine
Italy is a country with a rich tradition in viticulture and has a variety of sweet wines to offer. Some of the most famous Italian sweet wines are Moscato d'Asti, Asti Spumante, Passito di Pantelleria and Vin Santo.
Moscato d'Asti is a fruity and sweet wine made from the Moscato grape in the Piedmont region. It has a golden yellow color and a scent of peach, honey and citrus. The taste is sweet and fruity with a pleasant acidity that gives it a refreshing note. Moscato d'Asti is excellent as an aperitif or with sweet desserts. Asti Spumante is a sweet sparkling wine also made from the Moscato grape and has a lively perlage. It has a pale yellow color and a scent of peach, honey and citrus. The taste is sweet and fruity with a pleasant acidity and a slight perlage that gives it a refreshing note. Asti Spumante is excellent as an aperitif or with sweet desserts.
Passito di Pantelleria is a sweet wine produced on the island of Pantelleria in Sicily. It is made from the Zibibbo grape and has a golden color. The taste is sweet and intense with notes of dried fruit, honey and citrus. Passito di Pantelleria is excellent with sweet desserts and cheeses. Vin Santo is a sweet wine produced mainly in Tuscany. It is made from Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes and has a golden color. The taste is sweet and intense with notes of dried fruit, honey and nuts. Vin Santo is excellent with sweet desserts and cheeses.
Overall, Italy has a wide selection of high quality sweet wines that have something to offer every taste. From the fruity and refreshing Moscato d'Asti and Asti Spumante, to the intense and sweet Passito di Pantelleria and Vin Santo, there is a wine for every occasion and taste. - Gerardo [TS01/23]