The BIO of Prosecco
17th November 2022
The wonderful world of Prosecco is vast and delicious, but what does BIO mean?
BIO Prosecco is a step back into nature, coming away from the chemical protectors of the vines/grapes, and using strict organic production methods, to preserve the land and vines in which they produce an all natural and sustainable Prosecco.
BIO is short for Biological
Montelvini describes it as ‘Back To Basics’ cultivating the Glera grapes organically, restraining from using any chemical fertilizers, not encouraging or forcing the vine to produce a high yield and only using products that have been used for centuries, that help stimulate the strengthening of the vines/grapes natural defenses.
Is BIO Prosecco Better or Worse Than Normal Prosecco?
That’s an interesting question, the best way to find the answer is to try for yourself, but taking into account that you probably would like a simple answer written down, let me try my best.
BIO Prosecco does have some slight differences from normal Prosecco, it often inhibits a greener character, green apples, pears, and lime, with notes of herbal gardens, nettles and freshly cut grass, for example.
Tasting BIO Prosecco
We’ve brought two different BIO Prosecco to the table, one from Villa Sandi and one from Montelvini, each with a slight variation on sweetness, with the Villa Sandi being a Brut and the Monetlvini being an Extra Dry.
Villa Sandi Prosecco Brut DOC Biological Organic il Fresco
The Glera grapes that were responsible for creating this BIO Prosecco from Villa Sandi are located in the DOC area, they were cultivated in medium-to-alluvial soils and conducted under organic viticulture in the second ten days of September.
What Inspired You To Produce A BIO Label At Villa Sandi?
“The idea for Villa Sandi to produce a BIO Wine to stay in line with the trends in the wine business because that was a big asker, but for sure you know that our philosophy is the BIO Deversitdy Certification, it means that we did to reach a very low impact to the environment, in order to be under BIO diversity category we decided to grow big products with some of our wine growers, in the best-located area with less rain in the Prosecco area in order to produce also an organic Prosecco with our green label, in order to have a perfect location, but I repeat, to be organic it is to follow the law, to be organic and Bioversity is in our option is to try to have a very low impact and respect for the nature.” Flavio Geretto – Chief Commercial Officer for Villa Sandi
“The ‘il Fresco’ range from Villa Sandi translates to ‘The Fresh’ range which hopefully gives you an idea of the style of wine you will be enjoying.“
BIO Prosecco, just like normal Prosecco pairs wonderfully with an aperitif, shellfish or with fried fish.
Villa Sandi produces what seems to be like an endless supply of Prosecco, but without ever compromising on quality, no matter what bottle you decide to pick up, especially including their outstanding Trophy Winning Rosé Prosseco, you will get an enjoyable experience,
Located in the picturesque region of Prosecco, Villa Sandi has had a foothold in the region since 1622, thanks to their Palladian-style Villa located among the green hills of the Marca Trevigiana, the Moretti Polegato family, for several generations have dedicated their time producing and sharing their Wines, Sparkling Wines and Proseccos around the world.
You can explore The Sparkling Wines of Villa Sandi right here on Glass of Bubbly to see what else they offer.
Villa Sandi Prosecco Brut DOC Biological il Fresco – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Green fruits, green apples, green pears, flow into a delicate green apple puree, homegrown garden herbs and apple blossom, plus an array of similar floral notes on the aroma.”
Flavour – “Soft, delicate, creamy green characters, freshly picked green apples, green apple skin, green apple flesh, green pears and homegrown garden herbs on the balanced palate.”
Silver Medal in the Herbal Gardens Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022
How Important Is Sustainability To You (Villa Sandi), And What Are Your Future Plans?
“About sustainability you know we have a very big product of sutsainability, as with Villa Sandi the name is Villa Sandi For Life, it is a product we started more than 20 years ago, with a lot of activities that we can do, in order to be stustainable, we will reach, very soon, at the end of this year, the certification equalitas, that certifies, that’s very imporant certification for substainability, but you know that our mission countines to be bioderversity fresco certification, with a side to also have our own ethical protical in which substinability is a big part of the document and from the otherside, I can tell you that for us stutainability is stutainability in the field in order to respect the evirement producing the wine, but also we have a lot of product for social substainbility, you know that the Villa is visited by 20,000 people every year, we have the gym in the vineyard that means that everybody can go to practice in our vineyard because all of them are open during all the days, we think to be substainable it is not only a choice, it is something you must do for the furture of the wine, or our company and for all the hunam beings in the world.” – Flavio Geretto – Chief Commercial Officer for Villa Sandi
Montelvini Prosecco DOC Biological Extra Dry
This Prosecco is Montelvini‘s way of going back to basics, cultivating their Glera grapes organically, respecting the growth phase of the vines, encouraging the plant to produce a high yield, not using chemical fertilizers and letting it face adversity by using only those products, used for centuries, that stimulate the strengthening of its natural defenses.
‘What Inspired You To Produce A BIO Label At Montelvini?’
“Only recently most people have finally begun to understand the importance of co-existence with our planet and are implementing many different ways to help doing so.”
“These changes must also be made in all productive sectors, including the wine business and here at Montelvini, we wanted everybody to know that we are also doing our part.”
“For this reason, a couple of years back, we began a radical change within our production techniques, both on the vineyard and in the winery, that allowed us to produce and distribute our first Bio / Organic Montelvini Prosecco DOC Extra Dry.” – Montelvini
The cultivation of the Glera grape developed throughout the Veneto-Friuli hills during the 18th century, quickly becoming one of the best white grapes thanks to its aromatic quality.
The early 20th century is the time when Prosecco reached its modern standard, thanks to the advancements in technology in the Sparkling Wine industry.
The grapes used in this bottle were harvested in mid-September, they say it’s ‘when the organoleptic maturity is optimal for the production of sparkling wines’. This operation is delicate, it takes time, a good eye and a gentle hand, as they don’t want to damage the integrity of the grapes.
Only a soft first pressing is used, the must is then fermented at a controlled temperature, using only organic yeasts, and the second fermentation last at least 30 days before making its way to the public domain.
This BIO Monetlvini Prosecco would pair very nicely with a variety of seafood, light fish, white fish and shellfish, you can also serve it with an aperitif.
Montelvini Prosecco DOC Biological Extra Dry – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Green characters present themselves, green apples, green pears, foilage, freshly grown garden herbs, apple blossom, white floral and a touch of white fruits on the aroma.”
Flavour – “Light, fruity, green fruits, green apples, green pears, green floral/blossom notes, foilage, garden herbs, nettles and hints of various blossom notes on the palate.”
Silver Medal in the Sea Breeze Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022
Montelvini was created due to the hard work of the Serena family back over 135 years ago.
In 1968 a man by the name of Armando Serena, the current president of Montelvini embarked on a mission of innovation, expansion and forward-thinking, he found the perfect way to combine autonomous wine production with sacred traditions in Venegazzù, which is a small region in Montello, Italy.
The company is chaired by Armando Serena, and today it is managed by his daughter Sarah, General Manager, and his son Alberto, Chief Executive Officer.
Armando was fortunate enough to welcome his children into the business with his son Alberto becoming vice president and sales manager, along with Sarah becoming administrative and hard of marketing and communications.
Montelvini, the strength of the family, the history of Italian wine.
‘How Important Is Sustainability To You (Montelvini), And What Are Your Future Plans?’
“Sustainability is one of the main pillars here at Montelvini. We have been aiming towards an eco-friendly and sustainable approach to winemaking for several years and as a result of this, in 2021 we received the prestigious Equalitas Certification, that certifies our Social, Environmental and Economic sustainability. We are the first Winery of the Asolo DOCG appellation to be awarded with this certification, and this makes us very proud of what we have done so far and ready for the further improvements we will make in the near future.” – Montelvini
Both Montlvini questions were answered on behalf of Montelvini by their Area Manager Gianni Zucchetto, who works in Export Department.
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