28 April 2021

Nascetta, the ancient white grape variety of the Langhe.

Nascetta, the ancient white grape variety of the Langhe.

The history of this grape variety begins in the 1800s, with mentions in municipal documents on the cultivation of Alba and Mondovì.
Already at that time it was known for its goodness, used mainly as a blending grape. Later, in 1877, the first evidence on the origin of the name comes when the scholar Giuseppe dei Conti di Rovasendalo defines the vine as “Anascetta,” “a most delicate grape and exquisite wine,” within his “Saggio di un’ampelografia universale,” still preserved in the library of the Department of Forestry at the University of Turin.

Even the ampelographer Lorenzo Fantini in 1895 points to Anascetta as a grape boasting “finesse equal to Moscato,” and it would be his colleague Giovanni Gagna who coined its present name, “to be used together with Moscato bianco and Favorita.” Coming to the present day, the credit for the rediscovery of this grape variety no longer belongs to theorists, but to producers.

From the stratified history of Nascetta and its subsequent rediscoveries, it is well understood how this variety deserved to be studied in depth to determine its uniqueness and obtain a precise legislative framework, ready to identify a “subzone” and a specific production specification. In 2002 Nascetta became part of the Langhe DOC.

The Anna Maria Abbona winery planted its first Nascetta vineyard in 2006 and has been making wine from 100% Nascetta grapes since 2009. Since 2016, a production of Spumante Brut Martinotti method also started with the same grapes.