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How History and Quality Becomes Key for a Valdobbiadene DOCG Winery

Three wine professionals and friends came together in the 1990s to start what today is a winery focused on producing quality Valdobbiadene DOCG wines. I am talking about Col Vetoraz, and the three guys are Francesco Miotto, the owner of the land and infrastructure, Paolo De Bortoli, the agronomist, and Loris Dall’Acqua, the oenologist. The winery is situated in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene district where the Cartizze area is also located. There is, in fact, only 107 hectares total of Cartizze vineyards, so the production of Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG is very limited, which makes it unique.

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a Zoom tasting with Loris Dall’Acqua and to taste three of their sparkling wines. As you might have noticed I have avoided talking about prosecco because they are indeed a winery that in 2017 decided to write only Valdobbiadene DOCG on their labels to emphasize the quality of their sparkling wines.

Tasting Valdobbiadene DOCG with Veneto friends

When it comes to tasting a prosecco, or Valdobbiadene DOCG, I, of course, just had to gather a group of friends from Veneto as they basically have grown up with prosecco in their baby bottle (their words, not mine!). We met up for an aperitivo and dinner at Nadia’s house and I brought a bottle of Millesimato Dry Valdobbiadene DOCG from Col Vetoraz.

As I mentioned above, Col Vetoraz was started by Francesco Miotto in 1993 together with Paolo De Bortoli and Loris Dall’Acqua. In 1993, it was a sort of spin-off from the Miotto family winery and their traditional activity as vine-growers and winemakers since 1838. Today, it is an important winery in the world of Valdobbiadene. As I mentioned earlier, Col Vetoraz eliminated the word “prosecco” on their label in 2017. To only write Valdobbiadene DOCG on the label, was a decision to emphasize that they are producing “prosecco” in the historical area of the Valdobbiadene hills. This is a way to differentiate themselves from the DOC producers. It has been criticized by some and embraced by others.

Millesimato Dry Valdobbiadene DOCG is a structured fresh and creamy sparkling (prosecco) wine made with the Glera grape. It has lovely fruity and floral notes. In fact, Loris Dall’Acqua says that the typical aromas of the Valdobbiadene hills are white flowers – as grapevine flowers, rose, and acacia flowers – and fresh fruit – as pear, citrus fruits, and apple. It is a very mineral and salty sparkling wine that, according to Loris Dall’Acqua, comes from the moraine soil.

This Millesimato Dry Valdobbiadene DOCG got the stamp of approval from my Veneto friends and moi, of course, and we finished the bottle in no time.

How history and quality becomes key for a Valdobbiadene DOCG winery

Read more about another type of prosecco in my article An Asolo Prosecco Superiore Came With the Mail One Day.

Italian version:

Quando si tratta di degustare un prosecco non potevo che chiamare un gruppo di amiche venete che praticamente sono cresciute sul prosecco. Ci siamo trovate per l’aperitivo a casa di una do loro e io ho portato una bottiglia di Millesimato Dry Valdobbiadene DOCG di Col Vetoraz. Questa é una cantina sulle colline di Cartizze che é stata fondata da Francesco Miotto nel 1993 assieme all’agronomo Paolo De Bortoli e l’enologo Loris Dall’Acqua. Nel 1993 era un tipo di spin-off della famiglia Miotto e la loro attività come viticoltori e produttori di vino dal 1838. Oggi è una realtà importante nel mondo del Valdobbiadene. Una cosa da evidenziare è che Col Vetoraz da 2017 ha deciso di scrivere solo Valdobbiadene DOCG sulle loro etichette per far valere i loro spumanti di qualità.

Millesimato Dry Valdobbiadene DOCG è un bel spumante (prosecco) fresco e cremoso fatto con l’uva Glera di buona struttura. Ha dei deliziosi sentori fruttati e floreali. Infatti, Loris Dall’Acqua dice che i tipici profumi delle colline del Valdobbiadene sono fiori bianchi – come fiori della vite, rosa e fiore d’acacia – e frutta fresca – come profumi di pera, agrume e mela. E’ una bollicina molto minerale e sapido che Loris Dall’Acqua continua a dire viene proprio dal suolo grazie alle colline di origine morenica.

E’ una bollicina che ha avuto il grande stampo di approvazione dalle amiche venete e di me, of course, e infatti abbiamo finito la bottiglia in poco tempo.

Translation by Nadia Padrin.

Katarina Andersson

Seen often at wine events streaming live, Katarina is a wine writer, wine educator, social media strategist, and translator. She is the founder of WinesOfItaly LiveStream. She has been a guest at The Cellar, hosted by Richard Glover, at Wine Two Five, a podcast hosted by Stephanie Davis and Valerie Caruso, and at the Twitter chat #WiningHourChat founded by Li Valentine.

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