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What is Prosecco DOCG of Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze?

Prosecco DOCG of Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze often hailed as the pinnacle of Prosecco quality, is a prestigious sparkling wine from a specific micro-region in Italy.

This exceptional Prosecco is produced in a small area of about 265 acres, located just outside Valdobbiadene, towards the region’s west side. This area is commonly recognized as one of the finest terroirs for Prosecco in the world, contributing to the wine’s high reputation and distinct characteristics.

The unique quality of Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG is attributed to several factors. The hillside vineyards at altitudes up to 300 meters above sea level benefit from ideal sun exposure and protection from cold winds.

These conditions, combined with the unique soil composition that includes friable soil over a layer of rocky terrain, contribute to the notable acidity of the grapes. This acidity is well-balanced with the natural sugars enhanced by manual cultivation methods.

The grapes, predominantly Glera (at least 85%), are known for their straw-yellow appearance, subtle and persistent perlage, and a full, sapid, balanced taste profile. The wine typically exhibits aromatic notes of meadow flowers, apple, pear, and peach, with an alcohol content of around 11.5% by volume.

Its complexity and depth of flavors characterize Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG, distinguishing it from other Prosecco varieties.

The wine is crafted predominantly using the Charmat or Martinotti method, where secondary fermentation occurs in pressurized tanks. This method maintains the freshness and aromatic qualities of the grapes, essential for the distinctive profile of Cartizze.

Given its high quality, Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG is best enjoyed within 12 to 24 months of bottling to appreciate its youthful, fruity, and perfumed flavors.

The recommended serving temperature is between 6°C and 8°C, and it is ideally served in a glass that is a cross between a flute and a tulip to enhance the wine’s aromatic qualities.

Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG pairs well with various foods, serving as a perfect palate cleanser alongside medium-intensity dishes. Its sweet aromatics and effervescence make it an excellent match for spicy curries and Southeast Asian cuisine, as well as traditional brunch foods, especially when used in mimosas.

In summary, Prosecco DOCG of Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze represents the highest expression of Prosecco, combining the best of environment, history, and human endeavor to create a wine of exceptional quality and distinct character.

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