“You’re too young to be a goddess, “
he said, bewitched by a female body and face that emanated seduction like the light and heat of the midday sun in the desert.
Without taking his eyes off her, he took a cup brimming over with red wine and handed it to her. She raised it slowly to her lips. She drank and savoured every drop of that cool sweet wine with its flavour of flowers and roses, like the ones she used to pick as a little girl in the gardens of the royal palace.
In a flash she felt his lips on hers. An intense, profound kiss that exalted the sweet,sweet taste of the wine that still inebriated her. For long lingering moments he was no longer Caesar, the great Roman general, the victor of a thousand battles and wars, the astute and able politician. And she was no longer Cleopatra, the ruthless queen of Egypt, heiress to an ancient dynasty.
Brachetto d’Acqui thus enters myth. In ancient Rome it was known as Vinum Acquense, originating, that is, from the area round Acqui Terme, the town founded by the Romans in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy.
The legend says that the great Roman general Caesar and the Egyptian sovereign Cleopatra made a toast with Brachetto d’Acqui.
After all, the main characteristic of our Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui is precisely the sweetness that acts as a prelude to seduction. Intense ruby red in colour, pleasantly sweet and fizzy with a perfume of roses and red fruit, it is the ideal wine to accompany any moment of the day: from brunch to cocktails, from aperitifs to dinner to an evening with friends.
Rosa Regale is also 100 percent Italian, a wine that’s a symbol of genius, originality and uniqueness. The very essence of Italian style worldwide.
In 1979, John and Harry Mariani, family Proprietors of Banfi Vintners, acquired a mid-18th century winery, known as Bruzzone, revitalized it and renamed the facility Banfi Piemonte. Here, with the same detailed care as a century ago, our skilled winemakers produce “Rosa Regale” Brachetto d’Acqui D.O.C.G. This rare Brachetto, a semi-dry, red sparkling wine cherished by the courts of Europe over two centuries ago, owes its reincarnation to Banfi.
Rosa Regale is created in one of Italy’s smallest production zones, the Brachetto d’Acqui Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, commonly referred to as DOCG. It is crafted from 100% Brachetto grapes grown exclusively at the La Rosa Vineyard in the town of Acqui Terme located in the Piedmont region of Italy. The label features a single red rose, representing the wine’s origin from this single vineyard La Rosa estate.
Rosa Regale’s quality comes from the vineyards. However, since this is a sweet, aromatic wine, wine making techniques are also essential to preserve the grapes’ elegant scent. After a careful harvest, the must is allowed to macerate on the skins for 2 to 3 days, thus resulting in a limited actual alcohol content. In this way, a deep beautiful pink color is obtained, thanks to the time spent in contact with anthocyanin-rich skins. The pressing technique is fundamental to the final result: “soft” and elegant.
Rosa Regale is produced using the Charmat process or Metodo Italiano (Italian Method). This method forces the second fermentation to happen in large stainless steel tanks prior to bottling, rather than in the bottle like the traditional méthod champenoise. This process is best used on sparkling wines that are meant to be enjoyed young and relatively fresh.