Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine, generally a dry or extra dry wine from the Veneto region in Italy. In order to be called “Prosecco,” the wine can only be mixed with a maximum 15% of Verdiso, Bianchetta, Perera, Chardonnay and Glera grape varieties that have been present in the region for centuries. Prosecco is an especially challenging wine to produce because of historical ownership laws in the region. Wineries traditionally do not own their vineyards or own very little and most Prosecco vineyards are small, ranging in size from only 1-4 hectares. It is the winemaker’s job then not only to produce a high quality sparkling wine, but to maintain the relationships with local farmers who provide the grapes.
Ceradello – the wine
The Armani family has been handcrafting wines in the Alto Adige region of Italy for over 400 years. Out of deep respect for the winemaking process, their focus includes saving native Italian varietals from extinction and by so doing, preserving the culture, century old vineyards and varietals. Refined and elegant on the nose, with mineral and fruity scents and sapid on the palate, with persistent bubbles. SRP $16
Mionetto – history
The Prosecco grape originated during Roman times and is one of the oldest grapes in Italian history. Its origin and name can be traced back to the town of Prosecco in Trieste. Mionetto has been Italy’s foremost producer of Prosecco wines for more than 120 years. The winery was founded in 1887 by Francesco Mionetto in the small village of Valdobbiadene, located just north of Venice. At first Francesco bottled and sold wines to the locals of the region. He used small casks and transported wines by horse and buggy throughout the town. His brothers eventually joined him in the business and it became even more established. However, all three brothers were called to serve during WW1 and the winery was left unattended and sustained heavy damage. Eventually, Francesco’s grandsons, Giovanni and Sergio Mionetto, took over the winery in 1961 and began rebuilding. Mionetto is fortunate to have relationships with vineyard owners that date back for generations. Many of the farmers have been working with Mionetto for over 40 years. The strength and longevity of these relationships can affect the quality and quantity of grapes provided to a winery. These relationships have been passed from generation to generation within the Mionetto family.
Mionetto – the wine
The Mionetto Prosecco Brut has an intense fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. It is very dry, fresh, light in body and balanced. SRP $15
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