Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG: A passion-worthy legacy!
It all began in 1942, when our Grandfather Aldo, just a young man at the time, inherited “Col del Lupo” from his father, a hill covered with vineyards and a cot with breath-taking views of the hilly amphitheatre, where the magic of the Prosecco DOCG is celebrated.
He made a life-long commitment to honour this gift, and he has left a precious legacy to us, his nephews, who manage it with great respect and a deep sense of responsibility, animated by the same strong passion for the vineyards and the land.
In 2016 the "La Tea" vineyard was added the Col del Lupo Estate, with the recovery of ancient Prosecco vines sited on a steep slope on ideal DOCG in the area of Rolle.
Then as now, our vineyards are spread entirely on the hill and they reach steep heights and slopes, where modern machinery and technologies give way to hand labour, baskets and scissors.
Here the production quality reaches standards of genuine excellence.
Viticulture and sustainable production for our Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG
We love our land and its traditions, quality and beauty. And it is for this reason we care passionately about preserving it by pursuing our viticulture and production of Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG in a sustainable and renewable way.
Since 2010, at Col del Lupo we have been using renewable energy derived from our own photovoltaic system and from energy management that draws 100% of its energy from renewable sources.
Our land is all located atop the high hills in the area between Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, where good ventilation, abundant sunshine and excellent drainage facilitate an approach to land management that upholds the principles of organic farming, and avoids the need to use artificial chemical products. We have been converting to organic farming methods since 2018; in the vineyard this means the fight against the grapevines’ natural enemies is carried out in the least invasive way possible, with the utmost respect for organic farming, combined with techniques that stimulate the natural defences of the vines naturally with seaweed, zeolite (micronized volcanic rock) and other natural products.
When necessary, we use manure as an organic fertiliser sourced exclusively from organic farms and to further enhance the fertility of the soil we use preparations of biodynamic origin that allow a perfect natural supply of bacteria, yeasts and moulds to ensure healthy soil.
All farming methods on the high hills are carried out by hand, thus minimizing the trampling of soil and the presence of machines in the vineyard. All this, along with the total absence of herbicides for weed control has allowed a great biodiversity of plants, flowers and insects.
Given the steepness of the hillsides where the grapes are grown, harvesting has to be carried out by hand. In addition, grapes grown on such steep-sided hills have a natural advantage over those grown on the plain, which results in a higher sugar content, livelier flavour and an excellent plant health. They are delivered to the press in small containers undamaged and in pristine condition, thus allowing us to minimize wine cellar operations. Fermentation is controlled by adjusting the temperature. Initial cleaning of the must and then the new wine is obtained exclusively using static decanting, without clarification.
The level of sulphur present in our wines is minimal since we start from grapes which are in excellent health and work using the reduction method, that is, in the absence of oxygen, with the dual effect of preserving the primary aromas of the grapes and lengthening the shelf-life of our Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG in a natural way.
Proud to be FIVI winemakers
We’re proud to be “winemakers” and we’re happy to be part of the FIVI Federation.
FIVI stands for Italian Federation of Independent Winemakers, and the purpose of this association is to represent the winemakers before the institutions, by promoting the quality and authenticity of Italian wines.
Who are the FIVI winemakers? They are winemakers who cultivate their vineyards and bottle their wines, looking after their product personally. They sell all or part of their harvest in bottles, under their own responsibility, with their own name and label, and they approach the market aiming at a growth that will also help to enhance the image of Italian wine, bringing great benefits to the territory, the culture and the tourism.
Winemakers have always been the guardians of the territory they cultivate and live in. A territory with which they measure themselves, reaching unparalleled standards of quality.
FIVI is the spokesperson of our vision and we want to be FIVI’s spokespersons, thus we decided to place the “Independent Winemakers” logo on our labels: a winemaker holding a basket of grapes on his head, whose shadow becomes a bottle.
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