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The Territory

Valdobbiadene DOCG

In 2009 Valdobbiadene became a territory with Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) certification.

Prosecco DOC or Valdobbiadene DOCG?
Choose the origin: VALDOBBIADENE, expression of steep hills, difficult to cultivate and tradition.
Unfortunately many, in Italy and abroad, have exploited the word Prosecco and its youthful inexperience but now it’s time for us to brandish its history and its unquestionable identity.
It is the spontaneity and the gaiety which are guaranteed and inextricably Valdobbiadene. As of April 1st 2010 the wines have simply become Valdobbiadene DOCG.

The Territory
15 hilly communes which for over 50 years have guaranteed the DOC have now become DOCG. These cover approximately 8.300 hectares situated between the Dolomites and Venice.


The Grape
Formerly known as “Prosecco” which has been cultivated for over 400 years on the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene had to be changed and has regained its antique name “Glera”. The word Prosecco is reserved for the area where Prosecco may be produced.
The "Rive", available only as sparkling wine, represent the essence of the terroir.
They are exclusively produced from grapes that come from a single Commune or hamlet/village which lie therein, thus highlighting the characteristics of a particular area reflected in the wine. The Rive wines therefore allow one to get to know the expressions of Conegliano Valdobbiadene in detail.
The term “Rive” in local dialect means vineyards that are on steep ground, and the purpose of the category is to underline the special quality of – and the many differences between – the various sites within the Denomination.
The maximum yield is reduced to 13 tonnes per hectare and the grapes must be exclusively picked by hand and furthermore the vintage has be shown on the label.
 

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