Montelvini can boast of being the custodian of the vineyards located in Asolo’s surrounding hills, where the rarest and most exclusive denomination of Prosecco is produced. This year, the company has been awarded with the Equalitas Certification of Sustainability given by the CSQA Certification Body, and the Industria Felix Prize – “L’Italia che compete” (Italy that competes), which was announced by Sole 24 Ore on the occasion of the award ceremony held at the Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome. Montelvini is one of the first companies in Italy to obtain the Equalitas Certification and is among only eight Italian wine companies to achieve the Industria Felix Prize.
In order to obtain the Equalitas Certification, companies must prove they have complied with the standards set out in three areas: environmental sustainability (carbon footprint and water footprint), social sustainability for employees and stakeholders (good winery and production practices, respect and support for the local community), economic sustainability (good business and economic practices, as well as rigorous management control); while the Industria Felix Prize “L’Italia che compete” was given – following the examination of the financial statements of 650 thousand companies throughout Italy – to companies displaying the best performance in terms of management, reliability and financial sustainability.
The three pillars targeted by Equalitas Certification are constantly monitored by Montelvini, which has always proved to be sensitive to, and respectful of the territory in which it operates, as well as towards the community and the work of its employees.
Montelvini’s greatest wish is that its wines benefit the territory.
VIDEO VIGNETO RITROVATO
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The highest expression of the terroir from which it originates, Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Spumante Extra Dry Serenitatis by Montelvini represents the deepest essence of the Asolo hills vineyards and has been awarded with the exclusive Corona Vinibuoni d’Italia 2022 (Only 2 wines form this territory received this accolade). The grapes for this awarded Prosecco are grown in the nineteen municipalities surrounding of Asolo, an enchanted place, rich in art and history, candidate for the recognition of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The wine, of a beautiful pale straw yellow colour, reveals a delicate body and a joyful, fine and persistent perlage that enhances its sapidity. The bouquet is rich in aromas, ranging from fruity to floral. The taste is soft, enveloping and at the same time dry thanks to the balance provided by the acid note. The surprising freshness makes this wine suitable and enjoyable in any occasion; particularly suitable as an aperitif and perfect when paired with shellfish.
Montelvini introduces the new Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut Millesimato 2020 “FM333”, the first Cru of the Asolo DOCG appellation that embodies the Venetians winery constant research into increasingly innovative wine-making techniques. An expression of the excellence of the region and the result of a new sparkling wine technique, the new Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG stands out for its wonderful fragrance, originality and unmistakable style. The name “FM333 ” comes from the initials of “Fontana Masorin”, the historic estate owned by the company that is home to the grapes used for making the wine, together with its height above sea level. A vineyard and soil of rare excellence which, thanks to a great deal of study and research, have contributed to the creation of an exclusive, unique product. “For us it is a dream come true, the end of a research journey we have been developing in the last years, representing the excellence of our company’s wine making skills.
However, the real innovation represented by “FM333” lies in the vinification technique which differs from that used traditionally for Prosecco and uses single rather than double fermentation. The grapes are selected manually and only the “Mosto Fiore” (The highest quality of the extracted must) is used, which is then stored at controlled temperature in order to extract a higher intensity of aromas. The must is then clarified by static decantation, without the use of any additives. It then undergoes a single fermentation in stainless steel pressurized vats, in order to obtain its characteristic perlage. Finally, at the end of a six-month journey, “FM333” is born, a “sparkling wine from must”, unique in its kind.
This is the claim of Montelvini’ s campaign to launch the new PROSECCO DOC ROSÉ TREVISO Brut – Millesimato 2020. Obtained from the vineyards most suitable for the production of sparkling wines, made from Glera (85%) and Pinot Noir (15%), this new wine is a blend of the two base wines that undergo secondary fermentation in stainless steel pressurized vats, and then remain on the lees for a total period of 70 days before being bottled. The result is an elegant Prosecco, with a soft pink colour and a fine and persistent and elegant perlage. The freshness of the Glera grapes and the structure conferred by the Pinot Noir make it creamy, savoury and balanced. These characteristics make it very versatile and suitable for any occasion. The launch of Prosecco DOC Rosé Treviso signed by Montelvini – says Alberto Serena, CEO of the company – coincides with the re-opening of the Ho.Re.Ca. sector, which we look at with confidence after a very difficult year. The latest addition to the Serenitatis Collection is the perfect wine to raise an optimistic glass to the future under the pay-off: ‘THE FUTURE IS Rosé’.
Montelvini continues to invest energy and passion into the recovery of “Vigneto Ritrovato” (Rediscovered Vineyard), in search of its origins and the origins of Asolo Prosecco DOCG. Exactly one year has passed since the project was introduced, when the company, a symbol of the most representative and authentic Montello denomination, announced its desire to revive this small abandoned vineyard, the only one in the heart of Asolo town, already present at the time of the Napoleonic maps.
An important new phase is now opening. In collaboration with CREA-VE (Research Centre for Viticulture and Oenology), a Glera clone typical of the area has been identified, which has practically disappeared over the years as it is not very productive. Thanks to technicians, agronomists and oenologists, the soil is now being prepared to plant the rooted grafts at the beginning of next year. The clone is the ISV VA8 clone to be more precise, a Glera selection of Asolan origin with interesting qualitative characteristics and typically representative of the territory. “The Rediscovered Vineyard is a project that requires time, resources and dedication,” explains Alberto Serena, managing director of Montelvini, creator, in person, of the project . “Each choice, every action must be carefully calibrated, maintaining the delicate balance between landscape, oenology, history and territory”.
The Serena family’s interest in researching and preserving biodiversity in this area is reflected in initiatives such as this, testifying to the desire to keep up this viticulture with a long history. A viticulture that, over time, has maintained the biological diversity of the vines, preserving minor varieties and one that was already known for its quality at the time of the Serenissima Republic of Venice; so much so that wines from this area were taxed more than other products in the Treviso area.
The project of the “Rediscovered Vineyard” recounts the special link between the company and the “City of a hundred horizons”, a symbol of culture and history, the heart of the Prosecco Superiore Asolo Docg denomination. A territory where grapes have been an integral part of the landscape, since the noble Contarini family, owner of the land, had what is now known as the “Armeni Villa” built in 1558. In fact, the “Rediscovered Vineyard” overlooks Villa Contarini and the famous Italian garden of Villa De Mattia. In this ambitious project, the Serena family is supported by a multidisciplinary working group, a real pool of professionals, made up of architects and landscape specialists, university professors, documentarians and historians, municipal institutions and experts in viticulture.
An elegant, refined gift box, embellished with golden details, designed to preserve the luxury bubbles of Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG. For the upcoming holidays, it is the Montelvini-signed, Christmas proposal that offers a packaging created specifically for the most prestigious label: the Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Millesimato Extra Brut from the Serenitatis collection; highest expression of the denomination.
A unique product of its kind, since the Prosecco Extra Brut is created solely in the DOCG territory of Asolo. A selection of excellence enhancing the fresh character of the Glera grape and the exclusive characteristics of Asolo prosecco, i.e. the citrus aroma, flavour and structure. An ideal wine for toasts and brightening up the Christmas holidays.
The owl, symbol of Montelvini, reveals close links with the territory. The area where the winery is located is called Zuitere, or “land of the owls”, because Zuita is the dialectal term used in these hills to indicate the owl, which has always been a symbol of ancestral wisdom and knowledge. A true guardian of the territory that in this new Christmas packaging, in its sparkling and magical guise, represents respect for mother earth and its equilibrium, elements that have always been synonymous with Montelvini quality.
ASOLO. 2018 WILL BE A GREAT YEAR
In recent days, Montelvini has closed the harvest season, a ritual that the company has been performing for over 130 years with the winemakers from the Asolo and Montello territory.
What will 2018 be like? We asked Stefano Nandi, oenologist and technical director of the company.
It will undoubtedly be a golden year in terms of quality and quantity, not only thanks to the favourable climatic conditions that have been with us since the first months of the year but also the introduction of new protocols for grape harvesting and for the vinification of sparkling wine bases. The wines are already showing good freshness, a good aromatic profile and balanced acidity. These characteristics are the right basis for obtaining excellent sparkling wines.
In more detail, between flowering and harvesting, what were the weather conditions like?
From the beginning of the harvest, the grapes have turned out to be beautiful, healthy, practically perfect bunches. This is because we had a balanced climate, giving us a cool spring and not too torrid a summer, with the exception of the first fortnight in August. This helped enhance the unique characteristics of the territory’s vines. The late summer thunderstorms did not cause any damage, on the contrary, they gave some breathing space to the plants that worked better at lower temperatures, not only from a quantitative point of view but also from a qualitative perspective.
There’s nature and then there’s man. Has the company used any new technical measures in the harvest this year?
We have put in place even stricter actions and parameters, not only for the grapes produced in our own vineyards but also for those from the local winemakers, with whom we have been collaborating for over ten years, often handed down from generation to generation. We have already begun this work in recent years and technically accompanied the winemakers towards a gradual, constant increase in production quality, thanks to technical advice on vineyard management and assistance in the field.
If you had to choose a wine or variety, which product from the 2018 vintage would be in first place?
The 2018 vintage has all the prerequisites for achieving a high level of quality in the final product for all productions. In particular, Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG will have a strong personality, also enhanced by the new sparkling wine protocol, and will be even more surprising for its elegance, finesse and perlage.
The curtain has come down on the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival, which this year saw some of the most acclaimed celebrities of the film world on the red carpet, including Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Naomi Watts, Paz Vega, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and many others. Montelvini was also a star at the Centurion Palace gift room, the 5-star luxury facility of the SINA chain, a “suite of gifts” dedicated to actors, actresses and all the main stars in the entertainment world. The artists had the opportunity to taste the Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut on the luxurious terrace overlooking St. Mark’s Square, and had fun signing the “Prèt à Porter” bottles by Montelvini, in miniature version.
Looking ahead, Montelvini will be present at Horeca Expo 2018, the largest Belgian trade fair for the catering industry, to be held from 18 to 22 November at Flanders Expo, Ghent.
Greater body, more flavour and increasingly intense fruity aromas. These are the elements enhanced by the new sparkling wine and vinification process developed for the 2017 vintage of Asolo Prosecco DOCG Serenitatis from the Serena family. Such measures are able to preserve and enhance the qualities of the wines originating from the particular terroir of the appellation, where viticulture is a lasting tradition that has maintained the biodiversity of the vines, even preserving the minor varieties over time. Already during the period of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, this viticulture was known for its quality, so much so that wines from the Asolo and Montella territory were taxed more than other products in the Treviso area.
Applied to all the wines of the Serenitatis Line, the process requires a careful selection of vinery and raw materials, cutting-edge technology with the latest-generation presses, and a state-of-the-art laboratory that allows more than 90% of routine analyses to be effectuated within the company. The main strategy of this approach is to reduce the enrichment of oxygen in the wine during production as this compromises the quality. In this way, the wine is enhanced along with the richness and fruity aromas, due to the changes in temperature between day and night in the hilly environment and even the structure, a characteristic almost never associated with prosecco, but which is determined by the content of minerals in the soil in the Asolo area. It is precisely the medium-textured soil composed of marlstone and clays, at times rich in iron oxides, that helps confer greater body and persistency.
Montelvini, dedicated to research and the conservation of biodiversity, is continuing to invest in the restoration of the “Rediscovered Vineyard”, in collaboration with CREA-VE (Centro di Ricerca per la Viticoltura e l’Enologia – the Research Centre for Viticulture and Œnology), currently the only small-scale vineyard, already present on Napoleonic maps, within the Italian-style garden of the beautiful Villa De Mattia in the heart of the town of Asolo. At the beginning of next year, a clone of the typical Glera found in the area will be planted, after having virtually disappeared over time due to its very low productivity.
ALLEATI IN VIGNA 2018
In July, the second edition of the Montelvini tour will take place, dedicated to the discovery of Asolo’s sparkling wine, the most exclusive label from the Prosecco world. After the success of last year, the most famous venues in Italy will organise soirees, during which it will be possible to become acquainted with the selection that represents Montelvini’s excellence: the Serenitatis collection, created to celebrate the exclusive charm of the Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG, produced today by Montelvini by following a new protocol developed to confer even greater finesse and flavour and enhance the freshness and character of the glera grape variety.