Dolce della Tradizione
Grape variety: 100% garganega.
First vintage: 2001.
Type of wine: sweet wine from dried grapes, slightly effervescent or semi-sparkling or sparkling natural wine.
Soil: hill grounds of volcanic origin in Gambellara.
Average vineyard age: about 60 years old (first vines planted in 1935; most recent re-plantings in 1985).
Vineyard size: 5,5 Ha.
Yield per hectare: from 60 to 90 quintals/Ha.
Drying process: The grapes are hung to the ceiling beams of the well-ventilated drying rooms in an ancient 1700s tower, using the Venetian method called picaio. The grapes are then left to dry for about 6 months.
Vinification: After the drying period, the whole grape bunches are loaded in the press, and then pressed for 8 hours with a constant pressure of maximum 2 bar. The resulting grape must (yield of about 30% of the original weight), is fermented with native yeasts in concrete tanks. Following the first fermentation (which usually stops naturally it reaches 12% alcohol), the wine is bottled unfiltered, and begins its second fermentation that will make it either lively, semi-sparkling, or sparkling, with the right residual sugar.
Bottle size: 0,75lt.
Bottles produced this vintage: about 2.000.