Masottina: Star Prosecco

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Masottina was founded in 1946 by Epifanio Dal Bianco as he dedicated himself to expanding his agricultural properties just outside Conegliano.  His three sons continued the business with Adriano, the eldest, now the winemaker and running the business.   Adriano’s 3 sons are now active in the business.

Masottina owns 75 hectares of vineyards in Ogliano, in the easternmost zone of the historic area of Conegilano Valdobbiadene.   They also direct another 56 hectares— purchasing grapes only from historic vineyards. These gentle hills that fan out below Treviso’s Prealps make up an invaluable district where, ever since the Middle Ages, the cultivation of vines has been a special feature of the landscape. The altitude of the vineyards varies from a minimum of 70 meters, to as high as 170 meters above sea level. The hilly topography of the Ogliano estate creates ideal climatic circumstances for cultivating vines, with constant ventilation and lower rainfall than is typical in the surrounding areas.

Prosecco was first produced in Conegliano.  The Prosecco DOC was established in 1969, and the Conegilano Valdobbiadene DOCG was established in 2009.  Italy’s first oenological school was also founded there.

In the western part of the area—(Valdobbiadene) prosecco tends to have characteristics of flowers and some minerality with typically less structure. Producers in the west tend to own less land and therefore buy more grapes from east DOCG

Because the eastern part of DOCG is open to winds that positively affect the microclimate and the soils are more diverse, the Conegliano prosecco has more body and structure, more intense nose, flavors of exotic fruit.