When people think about the origins of the popular Prosecco sparkling wine, the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG region in Italy may come to mind. Though the regions of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene and Asolo both received their DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status in 2009, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG was faster to actively seek and receive immediate international fame.
The Asolo DOCG region is located an hour north of Venice. Over the centuries Asolo has earned the nickname “city of a hundred horizons.” The reason is that you will find sweeping views across to the foothills of the Dolomites in this hilly city. This may motivate you to stop every few inches for an Instagram worthy photo. Still more of a medieval village than a bustling city, Asolo enjoyed fame in the middle ages and beyond as a religious center, a military stronghold, and as a center for the arts – especially architecture.
Asolo DOCG: Small Family Producers
Throughout its long history, many Asolo families made wine for their own use, selling excess wine and/or grapes to larger companies. After receiving DOCG status, these same families recognized the opportunity to create a strong, viable export business by growing grapes and producing wine under their own label. Of course, every Asolo DOCG winery has their own unique story. Below, you will discover stories of two diverse families successfully exporting their Asolo DOCG wine to the international marketplace.
Back in the 1980s, Danilo Ferraro learned about wine from his father-in-law. Though he was employed in a different field, after work Danilo enjoyed helping his wife’s family’s make wine for personal consumption.
Today, Danilo, his wife, and their adult children are at the center of Bele Casel, a Prosecco DOCG focused winery selling to many countries in the export market.
Bele Casel’s specialty is their Col Fondo (also spelled Colfondo), a wine left unfiltered to age on the lees and typically labeled as a single vintage wine. The word “lees” refers to the spent yeast cells. It is a winemaking process that gives the wine additional flavor and texture. Many of Bele Casel’s Col Fondo wines are intentionally left to age for several years to serve as an example of how well good-quality Col Fondo can improve with age.
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Negli anni ’80, Danilo Ferraro venne a conoscenza del vino da suo suocero. Sebbene fosse impiegato in un altro campo, dopo il lavoro Danilo si divertiva ad aiutare la famiglia di sua moglie a produrre vino per il consumo personale. Oggi Danilo, sua moglie e i loro figli adulti sono al centro di Bele Casel, un’azienda vinicola focalizzata sul Prosecco DOCG che vende in molti paesi del mercato di esportazione. La specialità di Bele Casel è il loro Col Fondo (scritto anche Colfondo), un vino lasciato non filtrato per invecchiare sui lieviti e tipicamente etichettato come un unico vino vintage. La parola “lieviti” si riferisce alle cellule di lievito esaurite. È un processo di vinificazione che conferisce al vino sapore e consistenza aggiuntivi. Molti dei vini Col Fondo di Bele Casel vengono intenzionalmente lasciati invecchiare per diversi anni per essere un esempio di come il Col Fondo di buona qualità possa migliorare con l’età.
Fonte: Marisa D'Vari - Forbes