Kind: Sparkling White
Special: Indigenous Yeast
Region: Italy, Veneto
Winery: Perlage Winery
DOCG: Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
Prosecco from Conegliano Valdobbiadene is one of the most famous Italian wines and is available in two distinct styles; Spumante which is fully sparkling and Frizzante, which is just slightly sparkling.
Perlage “Riva Moretta”, made in the Frizzante style, is named for the single vineyard site from which this Prosecco is made. It is the oldest vineyard owned by the Nardi family, with vines up to 55 yrs old. This is in the DOCG zone of Valdobbiadene, where hilly pre-alpine vineyards enjoy a cooler climate, above those on the wide plain leading to Venice. Valdobbiadene produces the best quality Prosecco, often enjoyed as one of Italy’s most popular sparkling wines. Many Americans are now discovering its charms.
The Riva Moretta vineyard site is a steep rocky hillside, where old vines cling tenaciously to the dark calcareous limestone soil. This soil, the Valdobbiadene’s summer heat and cool night breezes develop soft fruit flavors of lemon, pear, and green apple with a backbone of mineral complexity. The wine is distinctively fruity and light with a medium sweet taste, ideal for sipping on a hot evening, during romantic meetings and with light meals or desserts.