Prosecco — but not as you know it. This is a col fondo but made from glera in Veneto. Light, refreshing, apples and citrus with a herbal background too. A great col fondo for Christmas.
Three brothers from a long line of winemakers set up this vineyard in 2005. They wanted to make a prosecco in the old style. Making a wine like their grandfathers used to, cloudy, unfiltered and with a crown cap to seal it. They're taking Venetian wines and putting a twist on what we're used to.
Veneto is an important region for wine in Italy. It produces famous wines like amarine, valpolicella and soave. This wine is unofficial prosecco. It's from the prosecco region and uses the prosecco grape variety of glera, but is classified instead as glera frizzante. This is because it uses a completely different wine making method to your usual sparkling prosecco.
The grape variety used to make prosecco was also called prosecco until 2009. It's name then changed to glera so that winemakers outside of the prosecco region in Italy couldn't put the word prosecco on their bottles. This allowed prosecco to become its own region and have its own identity for their wines.
This is a col fondo wine — Italian for pet nat — which means it is naturally sparkling. To make a sparkling wine, it needs to be fermented twice. In prosecco, this happens inside huge tanks. With the col fondo method, it is stopped in its first fermentation, before naturally carrying on fermenting inside the very bottle you're drinking out of.
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