A visit to Sorelle Bronca Prosecco
31st July 2017
“Quality is our obsession, our greatest satisfaction and our passport to the world. From our own vineyards and deep passion for our work we produce wines we are proud of.”
A nice morning was spent with a group of ladies making a real impact in the Prosecco Superiore market, especially when it comes to the number 68…
Two sisters lead the Bronca Prosecco brand which holds vineyards in the steep sunny hills of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG region and produce over 300,000 bottles of their wines from 25 hectares. As well as Prosecco Superiore they also produce a small quantity of DOC and red and white still wines from the region.
As I walked round the estate with one of the owners, Ms Antonella Bronca, I was initially led for a steep walk up one of the hills with the most amazing views out to the DOC region where they have one of the parcels of vineyard that holds the special reference number of 68.
So, what is special about parcel 68? Well I can tell you from first hand experience that it is very steeply set and is basked in warm rays of south-facing sunshine. The vines are senior in age though still generating plenty of fruit, but as Ms Antonella Bronca said, it is more about quality over quantity for the grapes of their Particella 68.
What is so educational from standing on Particella 68 is the views over and understanding the difference from the DOC region. Whereas the DOC area is mostly flat, the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG is a collection of steep hilly terroir that make up its 7,549 hectares over 15 municipalities and Sorella Bronca is well embedded within this region.
So what about the wine from Parcel 68? I tasted the wine both at the winery of Sorella Bronca recently and also between myself and another wine writer whilst sat on a boat next to the Thames – “This wine certainly suits the lazy warm sunny day atmosphere and is highly refreshing and crisp when served chilled. It’s fine mousse and fine bubbles give out a floral and peachy aroma. The taste is mineral led with notes of pears and apples.”
Tanya Mann WSET notes: “Glera aromatic. Spicy and minerality, medium body, roundness, ripe pear and sweet caramel in aftertaste.”
I was also happy to take a tour of the winery and to taste some of the soon to be bottled Prosecco:
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