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DOCG area (also Acqui) for red and rosé wine in the Italian region of Piedmont. After the DOC classification in 1969, the DOCG designation was granted in 1996. The zone covers in its entirety the municipalities of Bubbio, Calamandrana, Cassinasco, Castel Boglione, Castelletto Molina, Castel Rocchero, Cessole, Fontanile, Loazzolo, Maranzana, Mombaruzzo, Monastero Bormida, Montabone and Nizza Monferrato, Part of the municipalities of Quaranti, Rocchetta Palafea, Sessame and Vesime in the province of Asti, and the municipalities of Acqui Terme, Alice Bel Colle, Bistagno, Cassine, Ricaldone, Strevi, Terzo and Visone in the province of Alessandria. The vineyards cover about 650 hectares of vines.

In the 19th century, sweet, red sparkling wines were preferred in Piedmont. Later, dry wines became fashionable, almost leading to the extinction of the autochthonous grape variety Brachetto. In the 1970s, a revival began, among others, with the Castello Banfi winery. The wine is made from at least 97% Brachetto(Brachetto del Piemonte) and is produced as Rosso and Rosato. There is also a Spumante (also Rosso and Rosato) and a sweet Passito.

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