THE PROSECCO TERRITORY
The Pedemontana Trevigiana area, and in particular the range of hills that run from Valdobbiadene to Conegliano, have for centuries showcased their nobility in the careful geometry of the vines that gently grace the slopes.
This is a good land that owes its physical conformation to the ancient Piave Glacier which came down in primordial times from the Dolomites, as the soil absorbed the wealth of precious substances, the very substances that it now generously gives back to the Prosecco vines.
These hills, with altitudes ranging from 50 to 500 metres above sea level that emerged during the tertiary age are predominantly made up of marl, accompanied by sandstone and rock typical of the sea bed with one of the most suitable chemical physical compositions able to endow the grapes with their characteristic aromas and flavour, accentuated by strong temperature excursions which, by promoting correct maturation, has made Prosecco the most popular Italian Spumante in the world.
A fine wine is identified by its provenance: the vine, the territory, the climate and the men and women who make it. Prosecco is considered indigenous to the Carsic hills to the north of Trieste and most probably derives from the native Roman vine known as Pucinum. It is a rustic and vigorous plant, with rather long, loose-packed clusters; when ripe, the grapes are a golden yellow colour.
From the hills where it originates, it casts its spell over those who seek out this wine for its fine bouquet of flowers, honey and wild apple, blended with the abundance of perfumes given off by the flowers that flood the hills in springtime.
A glass of Valdobbiadene Prosecco Doc, with its beautiful straw yellow colour and the multitude of bubbles that foam in the glass, is a pure pleasure and one of the small joys that we can still manage to steal away from the worries of everyday life; in my opinion the true drinking culture ... lies in drinking for pure enjoyment.
At the first taste it charms us right away with its delicacy. The lively acidity is perfectly balanced, making it lithe and transient, arousing our taste buds with a velvety softness that entices us, a richness that does not overwhelm the mouth and a moderate alcoholic strength which is perfectly proportioned and well balanced, invites us to drink.
Prosecco has established itself as the standard bearer of Spumante, at first in Veneto, then in Italy and onwards throughout the world. Its rapid propagation and fame has made it synonymous with social mediation: from the daily aperitif to official symposiums, from a private toast to formal functions, the bubbles of Valdobbiadene have conquered the international market.
Each wine has its own distinctive harmonies and expressions. The Charmat method is the ideal system for producing a fruity Spumante such as Prosecco; it is indeed thanks to this method that it is possible to respect the original character of the raw fruit.