THE PROSECCO

The grapes

The Glera grape cluster, elongated and lightly packed with long thin stalks sustaining the lightly sun-kissed grapes, is itself as delicate and elegant as the wine it produces.
It is harvested in the second part of September, together with small quantities of the Verdiso and Perera grape which are equally represented in the vineyard and important for their acidity and aroma respectively.

Prosecco D.O.C. Area

With the coming of the new disciplinary regulations the grape variety Prosecco is named
Glera and the word Prosecco is used to indicate the wide territory of the new Denomination of Origin that stretches from Friuli to most of the Veneto region, comprising nine provinces of Trieste, Gorizia, Pordenone, Udine, Treviso, Belluno, Venice, Padua, Vicenza. This huge area boasts 20,000 hectares of vineyards for the production of Prosecco Doc.

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)

Superiore di Cartizze D.O.C.G. Area

Cartizze is the name of a small highly quoted area covering just 106 hectares, located in the heart of the Valdobbiadene region.
Cartizze, or to be more precise Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze, represents the highest oenological expression of the area. This wine epitomizes the finesse, elegance and delicate fruit and floral aromas of the grapes grown in the exclusive and extremely limited Cartizze area. The fortunate exposure of the hills and the particular soil composition (consisting mostly of limestone, clay and sandstone) give origin to this highly characteristic and therefore greatly sought after wine.
Cartizze traditionally has a delicate vein of sweetness.
At one time the grapes were harvested as late as possible (the end of October or even early November) so that the chilly night temperatures would halt the fermentation process, which began again spontaneously the following spring when the first warmth brought the yeasts back to life. This fermentation technique had the rare attribute of being very slow, thus offering the possibility to enjoy, for a few months, extremely pleasant, sparkling and subtle wines with a marvellous bouquet and a sweet, fruity taste.