Masi Agricolas Moxxe

Masi Agricola's Moxxe

Masi Agricola's Moxxe

Category - Wine, sparkling, Appassimento, 12% abv

Available - From this month

Location - UK, through Berkmann Wine Cellars

Price - GBP13.50 (US$19.50)

Amarone producer Masi Agricola has released its first sparkling Appassimento wine, Moxxé, as it targets Prosecco-drinking consumers in the UK.

The new release is a blend of Pinot Grigio (80%) and Verduzzo (20%) from the Stra' del Milione vineyards in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. The Verduzzo undergoes a three-week 'Appassimento' to enhance its fruit-driven style, Masi Agricola said. Appassimento involves laying grapes out in drying lofts before vinification. 

"The aim is to produce a sparkling wine at an accessible price point that reflects the fruitiness of classic Italian Prosecco, but in a style that is less sweet with more structure," Masi marketing head Raffaele Boscaini said.

Sparkling wine is in growth in the UK, and last week Manchester wine supplier Kingsland Drinks told just-drinks it had launched a new carbonated bottling line that adds bubbles to still wine. Kingsland said their research showed that most consumers "don't actually care" how bubbles are added to their sparkling wine.