The formal name for this variety is Brachetto del Piemonte so there are no prizes for guessing its origin.

This is an old variety, but perhaps not as old as legends suggest.

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Brachetto is a red variety from Piedmont in Northern Italy.  It is used to make still or sparkling wines, either red or pink.

This variety is noted for its intense rose and Turkish delight aromas.

Tranquillo, Frizzante, Spumante

This variety provides a good introduction to three Italian terms describing bubbles, or the lack of them, in wine.

Tranquillo is a term used for still wines, tranquil if you like. It means both the winemaking method as well as the style of the wine. The term is used mostly in Emilia-Romagna and occasionally elsewhere in Italy.

Frizzante wines are semi-sparkling.  Many Prosecco and Moscato wines are best described as frizzante. The Brachetto variety is very suited to this style.

Spumante is the Italian term for sparkling. These wines are fully sparkling like Champagne.

Brachetto wine styles

The fresh, delicate aromas of Brachetto are best exploited in lighter style wines.

Dry reds are sometimes made but frizzante or spumante wines are more common.  Sometimes these wines have some residual sugar highlighting the strawberry-like flavours of the wine.  Moderate acidity combined with low levels of tannin and alcohol make for refreshing wines.

Australian Producers of Brachetto

  • La Fattoria Perth Hills
  • Pizzini Wines King Valley
  • Soumah Yarra Valley
  • Vineyard 28 Geographe
Updated 19 Feb 2024

More Italian red wine varieties used in Australia

Aglianico | Aleatico | Barbera | Brachetto | Canaiolo Nero | Colorino | Corvina | Dolcetto | Friesa | Lagrein | Mammolo | Marzemino | Montepulciano | Nebbiolo | Negroamaro | Nero d'Avola | Nero Di Troia | Primitivo | Refosco | Rondinella | Sagrantino | Sangiovese | Teroldego | Zinfandel
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Brachetto and food

Chilled Brachetto wines make excellent apéritif wines to be consumed before a meal or as a welcoming drink to a gathering on a warm afternoon.

These wines make excellent accompaniments to cream based deserts, especially those featuring berries of any kind.

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