The Cartizze hillside, with its friable soil covering a layer of rocky terrain, lends a notable acidity to the grape, which is balanced by the natural sugars drawn out and preserved by the manual methods of cultivation.Enter The Terroir
From the hillside vineyards that embody the best of the heartland of this great wine, comes the Cartizze, the finest expression of Prosecco Superiore: the perfect union of environment, history and human endeavour.
107 hectares of vines wind their way along a steep crest to an altitude of 300 metres above sea level, enjoying ideal levels of sun and constant protection from cold winds.
To enjoy the full, rich bouquet of this wine, the ideal glass would be a cross between a flute and a tulip glass, which gives a more generous "chamber" in which to savour the aromas.
Prosecco Superiore is best enjoyed at a temperature between 6°C and 8°C. One way to achieve this is to place the bottle in a bucket filled half way with water and ice. As the wine gently warms in the glass, it "opens up" to reveal its aromatic qualities.
A bottle of Prosecco Superiore is best stored in a cool, dark, dry environment with a steady temperature between 12°C and 15°C. For the first year, it is best to store the bottle vertically, after which it can be kept horizontal to help the flavours to develop.
How many bubbles are there in a glass of prosecco? A million! This is the conclusion of the first scientific study on the question, which was carried out by Gérard Liger-Belair and published in the peer-reviewed publication The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
Prosecco Superiore should be enjoyed young. It best expresses its qualities between 12 and 24 months after bottling. The fruity, perfumed flavours of the younger wine develop with time, ripening and becoming more evidently vinous.