Prosecco DOCG harvest 2019 comes to an end

The Prosecco DOCG harvest 2019 came to an end last week.

Those are some of the very last bunches to be picked in the photo above. All of the fruit is picked by hand and is then placed whole into plastic crates.

The fruit is on its way to the winery where it will be immediately pressed. The grape must (the “juice”) will then be transferred to temperature-controlled vats where it will be chilled to ensure it doesn’t start fermenting until the desired moment.

Villa Sandi is one of just a handful of Prosecco DOCG producers who use this method. It’s much more expensive than conventional methods. But the winemaker at Villa Sandi, Stefano Gava, feels that it’s only way to achieve the level of quality he’s striving for.

It’s they key element in the Villa Sandi approach to the production of Prosecco DOCG because it ensures the maximum freshness of the wine.

And freshness, Stefano often says when he is leading guided tastings of Villa Sandi’s wines, is the whole secret to a great Prosecco DOCG.

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La Cucina Italiana launches in NYC and Prosecco DOCG is there!

Italy’s most celebrated food magazine, the historic La Cucina Italiana launched its new English-language edition this week at Eataly in New York.

And when you pick up your copy of the new magazine, you’ll find an ad from Villa Sandi featuring the Prosecco DOCG appellation. We wanted to support the new publication because it remains the number-one resource in the world for all things related to Italian food and wine.

Founded in the 1920s by a group of leading Italian intellectuals and literary figures, the magazine was initially conceived as a sort of “encyclopedia” of Italian gastronomy. Over the years, and still today, it is an iconic fixture in Italians’ homes: You’ll often see them neatly lined up on a book shelf, sometimes stretching back decades, the same way Americans proudly display their collections of National Geographic.

Long before English-language food and wine writing and food and wine television became popular across the world, La Cucina Italiana (meaning literally Italian cuisine set the standard for what food media could be.

Of course, part of what made and still makes the magazine so special is the subject matter!

We couldn’t be more thrilled that La Cucina Italiana has launched in the U.S. and we are proud to support this new and noble endeavor.

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Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta wins Gambero Rosso top prize for 10 consecutive years

We are thrilled to share the news that Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta has been awarded the Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award by the editors of the Gambero Rosso Guide to the Wines of Italy for the tenth year in a row.

First published in the 1980s, the Gambero Rosso guide is Italy’s leading resource for wine reviews. Its “Tre Bicchieri” or three glasses ranking is based on a very simple concept: If you like a wine, you’ll enjoy a glass of it; if you really like it, you’ll have two glasses; and if you really love it you’ll have three glasses and finish the bottle (a bottle of wine has six glasses in it and since you always drink wine with at least one person, together, you’ll drink six glasses, three each).

The fact that the Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta has won this prestigious and coveted award for 10 years in a row is testament to Villa Sandi’s commitment to quality. It’s also a reflection of what a special growing site La Rivetta is — a top cru within the most coveted growing area for Prosecco DOCG (Cartizze).

You’ll be able to taste Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta next spring at the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tastings in the U.S. Stay tuned for dates. We hope to see you there!

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When it comes time to shop for holiday wines, the G in Prosecco DOCG really matters

Fall is finally here and it’s that time of year when a lot of you will begin your holiday wine shopping. With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas not far off, the wine lovers among you — and we assume you’re a wine lover if you’re here! — will be visiting your favorite wine retailers and selecting some of the best bottles you’ll be pouring all year. After all, what’s the holiday season if not a time to open top wines with friends and loved ones?

When it comes to your sparkling wine picks, there will surely be some a lot of Prosecco! And that’s where the G in Prosecco DOCG comes in. If you want to ensure that you’re buying the best Prosecco in your market, be sure to look for that DOCG designation.

Here’s why.

DOCG stands for denominazione di origine controllata e garantita or designation of controlled and guaranteed origin. It’s the highest classification in the Italian appellation system and it’s followed by denominazione di origine controllata or designation of controlled (without the guaranteed).

In the case of the Prosecco DOCG, the G denotes that all the fruit used to produce the wines has been grown in hillside vineyards in the three townships authorized to use the higher designation.

One of the guiding lights of our philosophy at Villa Sandi is that freshness is key to great Prosecco. And it’s that hillside fruit, which benefits from the hills’ natural ventilation and even exposure, that gives wines like our Prosecco DOCG Cartizze Vigna La Rivetta its signature clean and super fresh nose.

So when holiday wine shopping this season, be sure to look for the G and enjoy the best in premium Prosecco DOCG.

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Wine Spectator features Prosecco DOCG and Villa Sandi

“Villa Sandi,” writes Wine Spectator editor Alison Napjus in the October issue of the magazine, “has enjoyed success in the U.S. with its Superiore di Cartizze Vigna La Rivetta, which retails for about $50, selling roughly one-third of the annual 1,200-case production in the U.S.

“‘If we have such good sales of Cartizze,’ says Flavio Geretto, export manager for Villa Sandi, ‘it means there is the possibility of premium Prosecco in the U.S.'”

Not only is Villa Sandi one of the featured wineries in her piece, she also recommends one of Villa Sandi’s wines, one of the Prosecco most highly rated by the magazine’s tasting staff.

Click here for the complete article (subscribers only).

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Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG on top of the world at Bar 54 in New York City

One of the most rewarding things about our work here at Villa Sandi is knowing that people are enjoying our wines.

And nothing could be more rewarding than knowing that they are enjoying our wines on top of the world — literally.

Villa Sandi international export director Flavio Geretto is currently in New York visiting clients, conducting master classes, and meeting with the estate’s American importer Folio (congratulations to Flavio for his recent promotion to international export director!).

Despite his busy schedule while in the City that Never Sleeps, he always has time for a glass of Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG at Bar 54 at the Hyatt Centric in Times Square (so-called because it’s on the hotel’s 54th floor). That’s the view from the rooftop restaurant, bar, and lounge (above), one of the city’s leading destinations for fine dining and fine wine. And man, what a view!

New York City has always been one of the world’s greatest destinations for fine wine and today, perhaps more than ever, the Big Apple is a number-one city in the United States where wine lovers travel expressly to taste premier wines like those of Villa Sandi.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Bar 54 currently serves Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG by-the-glass. It’s the very first entry on their wine list. Check it out here. And when in Manhattan, be sure to reserve at Bar 54 because it’s one of the city’s most popular venues.

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Villa Sandi brings home gold at top tasting: Prosecco Masters

We are pleased to share the news that the Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut Millesimato was awarded the GOLD prize (in the £10-15 category) at “the drinks business Prosecco Masters tasting 2019.”

Chaired by Master of Wine Jonathan Pedley, the panel of tasters for this extraordinary annual event is composed nearly entirely by Masters of Wine: Nick Tatham MW, Alex Canetti, Patrick Schmitt MW, Patricia Stefanowicz MW, David Round MW, Simon Field MW.

It’s a highly serious affair where the panelists taste and evaluate the wines using a highly selective set of criteria. Many wine industry observers consider it the benchmark for Prosecco tastings throughout the year.

According to the organizers of the competition: “The drinks business Prosecco Masters, now in its sixth year, is a competition exclusively for the Italian sparkling wine. This year’s event saw more than 100 entries judged blind by a panel of highly experienced tasters. The best wines were awarded medals that ranged from Bronze through to Gold.”

We couldn’t be more thrilled with the result — from the number Prosecco tasting in the world!

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95 points Doctor Wine for Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news that the Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Cartizze La Rivetta has been awarded a whopping 95 points by esteemed Italian wine writer Daniele Cernilli aka Doctor Wine, editor-in-chief of the prestigious Essential Guide to the Wines of Italy. This the second consecutive year that the wine, Villa Sandi’s flagship, has received 95 points from the editors of the guide.

Daniele Cernilli has been writing about Italian wine since the 1980s and is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading and most influential experts in the field.

Nothing is more rewarding than the appreciation and recognition of our hard work and passion from one of the world’s top Italian wine critics.

Thank you, Doctor Wine!

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Prosecco DOCG in the Heart of Texas at Paesanos

It’s literally a stone’s throw from the Alamo: Paesanos, a Texas culinary institution for 50 years and counting.

When people think of Italian-American communities in the U.S., the first thing that comes to mind is the wave of immigration from Italy that came through Ellis Island in New York in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that Galveston, located on the Gulf Coast in southeast Texas, was another major port where many Italians landed around the same time.

Most of them headed for Houston nearby and central Texas where they established some of the largest Italian-American communities outside of the Tri-State area and New England.

One of those communities still thrives in San Antonio, in the “heart” of Texas, where Italian cuisine and its gastronomic traditions are still cherished and beloved just as they are in among their east coast counterparts.

Since 1969, Paesanos has been serving some of the best Italian food in Texas, including classics like the mussels and pasta in the photo above, a perfect pairing for Prosecco DOCG.

We’ve written a lot here on the blog about why Prosecco makes for such a great pairing with seafood.

And at Paesanos the other night, we were reminded how the salty flavors of the sea are complemented by Prosecco DOCG’s natural minerality and ripe fruit flavors.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Paesanos serves Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG by the glass and by the bottle. It’s an honor to be part of this Texas gastronomic legacy.

Paesanos Riverwalk
111 W Crockett St.
San Antonio TX 78205
(210) 227-2782
Google map

Image via the Paesanos Riverwalk Facebook.

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When people say that Prosecco DOCG is “hand-crafted,” they really mean it…

One of the things that makes Valdobbiadene such a unique place to grow fine wine grapes is how steep the slopes are there.

Especially when you get into the township’s Cartizze subzone, the vines are planted on slopes so steep that they can only be worked by hand. It’s simply impossible to use tractors or other machinery there. Everything — from the early pruning and canopy management to the picking and sorting of the grapes in the vineyards — has to be done by hand.

As you can see in the photo above, it’s what some wine trade observers call “heroic viticulture” because it takes true grit and determination to grow there.

When you talk to the Prosecco old-timers (and believe us, it’s always an illuminating experience to chat with someone who’s watched the Prosecco DOCG appellation become a wine juggernaut), they will tell you that this tradition began many generations ago when farmers planted wine grapes exclusively in sites where they couldn’t grow other crops.

At the time, they did this to maximize the productivity of the land — the farmer’s ultimate goal.

But with time, they began to realize that the extremely steep slopes of Valdobbiadene township, with their terraced vineyards, created ideal conditions for the style of wine the area produced.

The exposure is ideal, they realized, and helps to make the vines ripen evenly. And the steep slopes also provide excellent ventilation, which cools the fruit in summer and helps to keep the grapes dry thus preventing vine disease.

In more recent times, they also began to see how the absence of machines in the vineyard and the human-focused work combined to produce higher quality wines. Because everything must be done by hand, there is much more attention to detail in the vineyards. That means that the clusters get more attention than their counterparts on the valley floor below. And that makes for much better wines.

So when people say that Prosecco DOCG is hand-crafted, it’s not just a marketing ploy. It’s actually true…

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A top American wine blogger features export director Flavio Geretto’s Master Class on Prosecco DOCG

Above: Villa Sandi export director Flavio Geretto led a Prosecco DOCG seminar in Houston in July. Some of the city’s leading wine writers, bloggers, and trade members were in attendance.

Last month, Villa Sandi export director Flavio Geretto traveled to Houston, Texas to lead a Prosecco DOCG Master Class at one of the city’s leading wine shops and wine bars, Vinology.

Attendees for the standing-room-only event included some of Houston’s leading wine writers and bloggers, including Katrina Rene, author of the popular wine blog Corkscrew Concierge.

“What was so great about the tasting,” wrote Katrina on her blog, “is that it emphasized that Prosecco can fill many roles – as an aperitif, with a meal, after dinner, or just because. And while I thought I knew Prosecco, I certainly learned that there is so much more than meets the eye.”

“What better way to celebrate the excellence of the region and its recent recognition,” she noted, “than by celebrating with one of Prosecco’s most renowned producers – Villa Sandi?”

Click here for her complete tasting notes and notes from the seminar.

Thank you, Katrina, we’re looking forward to seeing you in Valdobbiadene sometime soon!

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Villa Sandi brings home the gold from Houston Rodeo competition

They finally came in the mail this week: The gold medal and the Texas-sized belt buckle from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2019 “Rodeo Uncorked” International wine competition where the Villa Sandi Prosecco DOCG Il Fresco not only brought home the gold but was also named “Reserve Class Champion” (see all the results here).

The competition and judging take place each year in November (during the rodeo’s off season). And while we were thrilled to learn the news that one of our wines had received such a prestigious and coveted prize last year, we just couldn’t wait to get our hands on that classic Texan belt buckle, just like the ones that true Texas cowboys wear when they dress up for some proper “honky tonking” (for those of y’all who don’t speak Texan, that means going out on the town).

Thank you to all of the judges and members of the Rodeo Uncorked committee and a Texas-sized thanks to Houston and the great state of Texas!

We simply couldn’t be more proud to wear our belt buckle.