Bagnario di Strevi Valley Moscato Passito

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Bagnario di Strevi Valley Moscato Passito

The history and fortunes of the small town of Strevi, within a UNESCO World Heritage site, have long been linked to wine, particularly Moscato. According to historical documents, the Bagnario Valley—the top cru around Strevi—can be identified as the birthplace of Moscato Passito. This wine and the unusual grape-drying technique adopted to make it are among the oldest in Piedmont, with written evidence testifying to a “fortified sacramental wine” being vinified by local monks as far back as 1078.

To make Moscato Passito, the best of the harvest—the healthiest and loosest bunches—is selected and packed into crates. The grapes are then laid out on racks in the open air to dry, and carefully covered at night. When the bunches have lost more than half their weight, the grapes are pressed and the resulting must is left to ferment with some of the skins in order to extract the variety’s typical flavors and fragrances. After aging in wood barrels for at least 12 months, the wine can maintain its soundness and potency for decades.

The Bagnario Valley was once known ironically as the “valley of the sheikhs” because its winemakers were the richest in the area, thanks to the quality of their Moscato fruit. Harvested from steep vineyards planted with old vines, these aromatic grapes boast an incredible equilibrium of flavor, rich but never cloying.

Moscato Passito wine is golden-yellow, with hints of amber. On the palate it has a sweet, harmonious flavor with prevailing notes of ripe fruit. But despite its prized characteristics, Moscato Passito from the Bagnario Valley in Strevi is at risk of disappearing, with profits too low to justify the hard work required to produce it.

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Season

The grapes are harvested manually between the end of August and the middle of September. The wine can be released on the market two years after vinification.

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This project brings together the historic Bagnario Valley producers who have chosen to work towards promoting traditional Moscato Passito. As well as using grapes from the best vineyard blocks and respecting the traditional production method—completely natural and manual—the producers are also bringing in sustainable vineyard management. They are protecting the old vines and not using herbicides and desiccants to combat weeds; only when absolutely necessary do they apply plant protection treatments, using only low-environmental-impact products.

Production area
Bagnario Valley, Strevi municipality, Alessandria province
Associazione Produttori Moscato Passito della Valle Bagnario di Strevi
Strevi (Al)
Piazza Matteotti, 8
tel. 348 4915998 - 348 0772729
vinipassitivallebagnario@interfree.it
www.vinipassitivallebagnario.interfree.it

Producers
Bagnario
di Giampaolo Ivaldi
Strevi (Al)
Regione Bagnario, 47
tel. 0144 363459 - 348 0772729
gpbagnario@tiscali.it
www.vinopassito.com

Bragagnolo Vini Passiti
di Silvio Bragagnolo
Strevi (Al)
Regione Bagnario, 33
tel. 0144 363510 - 339 4100056
info@bragagnolovini.com
www.bragagnolovinipassiti.com

Cà di Cicul
di Carla Cristina Salina
Strevi (Al)
Regione Cavannore, 19
tel. 0144 363653 - 331 8148303
ciculvini@libero.it
www.ciculvini.it

Cà Du Ruja
di Domenico Roglia
Strevi (Al)
Regione Bagnario, 43
tel. 0144 363352 - 348 4915998
rogliadomenico@interfree.it
www.rogliadomenico.wix.com/caduruja

Marenco
Strevi (Al)
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 10
tel. 0144 363133
info@marencovini.com
www.marencovini.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giampaolo Ivaldi
Tel. +39 348 0772729
vinipassitivallebagnario@interfree.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Andrea Zoccheddu
tel. +39 347 4614226
azoccheddu@slowfoodgavi.it
This project brings together the historic Bagnario Valley producers who have chosen to work towards promoting traditional Moscato Passito. As well as using grapes from the best vineyard blocks and respecting the traditional production method—completely natural and manual—the producers are also bringing in sustainable vineyard management. They are protecting the old vines and not using herbicides and desiccants to combat weeds; only when absolutely necessary do they apply plant protection treatments, using only low-environmental-impact products.

Production area
Bagnario Valley, Strevi municipality, Alessandria province
Associazione Produttori Moscato Passito della Valle Bagnario di Strevi
Strevi (Al)
Piazza Matteotti, 8
tel. 348 4915998 - 348 0772729
vinipassitivallebagnario@interfree.it
www.vinipassitivallebagnario.interfree.it

Producers
Bagnario
di Giampaolo Ivaldi
Strevi (Al)
Regione Bagnario, 47
tel. 0144 363459 - 348 0772729
gpbagnario@tiscali.it
www.vinopassito.com

Bragagnolo Vini Passiti
di Silvio Bragagnolo
Strevi (Al)
Regione Bagnario, 33
tel. 0144 363510 - 339 4100056
info@bragagnolovini.com
www.bragagnolovinipassiti.com

Cà di Cicul
di Carla Cristina Salina
Strevi (Al)
Regione Cavannore, 19
tel. 0144 363653 - 331 8148303
ciculvini@libero.it
www.ciculvini.it

Cà Du Ruja
di Domenico Roglia
Strevi (Al)
Regione Bagnario, 43
tel. 0144 363352 - 348 4915998
rogliadomenico@interfree.it
www.rogliadomenico.wix.com/caduruja

Marenco
Strevi (Al)
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 10
tel. 0144 363133
info@marencovini.com
www.marencovini.com

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Giampaolo Ivaldi
Tel. +39 348 0772729
vinipassitivallebagnario@interfree.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Andrea Zoccheddu
tel. +39 347 4614226
azoccheddu@slowfoodgavi.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPiedmont

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