Localization: Veneto, Italy
Tasting Notes: Lemon blossom, citrus and white stone fruit aromas delicately lift out of the glass. The bright polished palate doles out yellow apple, creamy white peach, nectarine drop and a hint of crushed herb alongside crisp acidity and a silky mousse.
Notes: This original CUVÉE INDIGENE derives from a selection of the best grapes from the old “Belvedere Vineyard”, a plot dating back to 1969, situated on the Montello hillside (to the North of Venice) in the historic Prosecco Superiore area. Apart from the characteristics of the grapes used, which stem from old Prosecco clones, another feature of this Cuvée is the natural wine-making method used.
93 Points - James Suckling: This is a fantastic, rich prosecco with cooked mango, apple, and bread-dough character. It’s full-bodied and layered. Dry. Delicious finish with lots going on. One of the best proseccos I have ever tasted.
Food Pairing: Antipasti, fruits chocolate, and light mousse desserts.
The Domain: Located in Venegazzù in the westernmost part of Montello, ours is a story of men. The first was Count Piero Loredan Gasparini, a direct descendant of Leonardo Loredan, Doge of Venice, the highest office in the city, who decided to retire precisely in Vinegazzù. Piero Loredan Gasparini was a charismatic man who, after traveling to Bordeaux, France, decided to bring Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc and Malbec to Montello to produce a new wine, to be known in the world. A dream come true, so much so that, in the Sixties, it even conquered the President of the French Republic Charles De Gaulle. In 1973 the baton passed to Giancarlo Palla, who made an equally important contribution to the territory. First of all, bringing the culture of sparkling wine to the area, traditionally linked to red wines. He was the first to realize that Montello is an extraordinary place not only for full-bodied and long-lived wines, which it continues to enhance but also for vibrant sparkling wines.
In the seventies, he began to produce a Classic Method thanks to the advice of an oenologist from Champagne, an area for which he nurtures a real passion. And this is accompanied by the experimentation of Prosecco, which was among the first to produce and for which he fought to obtain the DOC, in 1977, and the DOCG Asolo Prosecco Superiore, in 2009.
It is Giancarlo Palla who is also fighting for the recognition of Venegazzù as the only sub-area of the docg, today compared to a real cru that only Loredan Gasparini produces.
Giancarlo is joined by his sons Alberto and Lorenzo, today at the helm, together with whom new paths are developed.