“This wine, obtained from the Old Vines of Valdobbiadene, the most beautiful and longlived Prosecche, Bianchette, Verdise and Perere, would be a tribute to our country and to the memory of all men and women who, with their hands and their heart, made it an extraordinary and fertile land”.
We named this wine “Vecchie Viti” (Old Vines) because it is the fruit of grapes coming from old vines scattered all over the hills of Valdobbiadene’s territory and not from a single vineyard. Of course, it is difficult to determinate with absolute precision the age of these vines, but we can say that they are between 80 and 100 years old. To produce this wine we need the cooperation of numerous farmers, owners of the best vineyards in San Pietro, Santo Stefano, Cartizze, Guia and Saccol.
In winter and in spring we select about 2000 old vines that give us altogether about 5800 Kg. grapes. The wine obtained from the first fermentation, after some decanting-operations, is left together with the yeasts until spring and then it is transferred into the pressure-vat. The second fermentation is carried on slowly, with great care, and then the wine is left in contact with the yeast until a few days before the bottling, that is made at the end of June.
Glera (traditionally called Prosecco) 90%,
Verdiso 6%, Bianchetta 2% and Perera 2%
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The history of Vecchie Viti
In the municipality of Valdobbiadene vineyards are a mixture of ages, which means you can come across vines of all different ages in one single vineyard, because when one vine dies, it is immediately replaced with another. In many vineyards it is quite common to find a large number of vines that are 30 or 40 years old, if not older. But sometimes you can happen upon really ancient specimens.
The preservation of these vines depends largely on the attitude of the family or one particular individual, as well as the fact that these venerable old vines are still, to some extent, productive. Sometimes you can even find a couple of dozen old vines in the same area, as if they were keeping each other company. We mainly purchase grapes and have around one hundred growers from the
Valdobbiadene area on our books. I used to walk up and down the hills in the different seasons with these grape growers and I was always struck, astonished, intrigued and almost overwhelmed by the oldest vines. Some were imposing with their enormous trunks, while others were no more than a thin slither that somehow still managed to provide nourishment for their fruit.
Others were sometimes split in two, perhaps in an attempt to cure the black measles disease, an ancient practice common amongst the older generations whereby they cut open the trunk and lodged a stone between the two sides to keep them apart.
Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Area
Inside the wide territory of Prosecco DOC (Controlled Denomination of Origin) the historical and small area of Valdobbiadene DOCG(Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin) stands out for its excellent quality grapes and its wine is named VALDOBBIADENE PROSECCO SUPERIORE.
The Valdobbiadene grape is grown in the northern part of the Marca Trevigiana in a zone extending from Colle Umberto to Valdobbiadene, the ancient zone of Valduplavensis, “...where the vine blossoms eternally...” (St.Venantius Fortunatus 535-603 AD).
Valdobbiadene is indisputably the most interesting vine-growing area in terms of quality and
indeed its vineyards have always produced the most prestigious and fragrant Prosecco Superiore.
The presence of many old and sometimes very old vines contributes to raising the quality of the Valdobbiadene vineyards. Thanks to its considerable root system, an old Prosecco vine, which may be defined as “the memory of the region”, successfully copes with the varied climate so typical of the Valdobbiadene hills, thereby ensuring constantly high quality year by year.
“Vitis etiam provectioris aetatis facit uvas meliores et melius vinum, sed facit uvas pauciores proportione suae quantitatis quam juvenis”.
Alberto Magno (1193-1280)