Col di Rocca
Family-owned Prosecco producing estates are not common place in the Veneto region. In the northernmost corner of the province of Treviso, in 2005, Adriano and Emanuela Gurian decided to look after some Prosecco vineyards on the rolling hills between the two villages of Conegliano and Valdobbiaddene, in the Susenaga district, which is part of the top Prosecco DOCG area. This is a beautiful part of Italy, where charming villages sit on green hills covered with vineyards. The Dolomite Mountains protect the vineyards from cold winds blowing from the north and the Venice lagoon on the south further mitigate the climate thanks to warm breezes.
The Conegliano Valdobbiadene production area is characterised by a series of hills that run east-west and it is split in two by the Soligo River: a western and a eastern subzone. Col di Rocca is located in the eastern subzone only ten miles west of the village of Conegliano within the township of Susenaga, one of the fifteen townships where the Prosecco DOCG can be made. Col di Rocca is a young, family farm estate of just 11 hectares of vineyards south-facing planted on highly calcareous soils, with marls mingled with conglomerates and gravels. Here the soil pushes the grapes to ripen earlier than those planted on other soil. The Proseccos are full bodied, fragrant and fresh with aroma of apple and white peach and a mineral touch.
The DOCG Conegliano Valdobbiaddene stands at the top of the pyramid of quality of Prosecco. This is the area where the greatest Proseccos are made. For once, the Italian DOC/DOCG system actually works: the DOCG wines are the best as they should be.