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Prosecco Tasting Route: Col San Martino

Finally, after months of detailing the towns and villages along the Conegliano - Valdobbiadene Prosecco route, we have reached Col San Martino! Home of Follador Prosecco Winery, which is located in the south of the village, and our personal favourite stop off point! Col San Martino is lies along the creek Raboso and archaeological excavations have shown that  the area has been inhabited since Read More...

The Language of Prosecco

Along with sampling and tasting, Sparkling Prosecco has its own terminology and glossary, some of which applies to both wine and Prosecco, and parts which are unique to Prosecco! The word 'Prosecco' itself is applied to this specific type of wine and the grape that it is produced from. The Prosecco grape is primarily grown in the Veneto Region, north of Venice, including the Valdobbiadene and Read More...

Follador and the Doge Alvise IV Mocenigo

The Follador family history is steeped in the ancestry and development of  Prosecco Superiore, this is partly thanks to the Doge of Venice, Alvise IVº Mocenigo, who, in 1769, granted Giovanni Follador the prestigious Wine Quality Award. Doge Alvise IV Mocenigo was born in Venice , May 19th 1701 and was the Doge of the Republic of Venice from 19th April 1763 to his death in December 1778.  He Read More...

Prosecco & Wine Tasting: Synopsis

With a view to completely appreciating the distinctions and subtleties in Prosecco wine, over the past few months we have looked at the detailing behind successful wine and Prosecco tasting; using the senses available  to explore and identify wine and perceive the slightest nuances in the intricacies. The 5 techniques involved are colour, swirl, smell, taste and savour. Only after completing Read More...

The Fair of Sant’Orso

The annual 'Sant'Orso Fair' is held in  Aosta at the end of January every year. A few hours drive from the Veneto Region, home of Prosecco Valdobbiadene, it is the oldest craft fair in the alps. The fair has been taking place since the middle ages in honour of Saint Orso, an Irish monk who lived in the Aosta Valley in the sixth century. He was a talented wood carver who made wooden"sabots", Read More...

La Strada del Vino Bianco

We have written about the Prosecco route which goes from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene on many occasions now, but for how long has the Prosecco wine route been seen as a pilgrimage for Prosecco connoisseurs? Originally called 'La Strada del Vino Bianco (meaning The road of White wine)  it is the oldest wine road in Italy and was in use as such as long ago as 1966. The new, current, Road for Read More...

Prosecco D.O.C. and D.O.C.G. – The Facts

In our regular blog we often use the terminology Prosecco D.O.C. and Prosecco D.O.C.G. The 2 sets of abbreviations have very different meanings and are extremely important to the production and classification of Prosecco. D.O.C .stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata  (controlled designation of origin) and is a Italian quality assurance standard for wine. There are two levels of Read More...

News from the Winery

With the start of 2014 there has been some important work going head in the Follador Prosecco Vineyards. It is the time of the year for the pruning process to start. This is an extremely important and essential part of the grape development and must be undertaken before the vines start to bud in March. Pruning prevents the vine from growing too much foliage, which can hinder the growth and Read More...

New Year Traditions!

New Year in Italy (or Notte di San Silvestro) is celebrated with many customs and traditions. Our particular favourite of course is drinking Prosecco Superior, the quintessential Italian drink of choice! There are several other traditions to be adhered to though..... 1. Make sure to wear red underwear! Wearing this to bring in the New Year is thought to bring you good luck in the coming Read More...

Italian Christmas Decorations

Christmas season in Italy is traditionally celebrated December 24 - January 6, preferably with a glass of Prosecco Superior close to hand; however many events start on December 8, the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, and many decorations begin to appear at this time. Although in recent times the Christmas tree has become more popular in Italy, and continues to do so, there are many more Read More...