The Prosecco Col Fondo takes Prosecco all the way back to its roots. Harvested from the estate’s naturally farmed Glera fruit in the hills of Refrontolo, where the greatest grapes for Prosecco wine are grown, this wine undergoes its vinification in traditional Method Champenois. After the initial fermentation in steel, the wine is bottled with its lees under the typical crown cap enclosure, including no preservatives or sulfites. From here, the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle, but is never disgorged before release. This is where this wine takes its name, “Col Fondo,” where the lees are ‘in the bottom.’
The family of De Stefani dates back to the later half of the 1800’s, having created wines of the utmost quality since the beginning, and continuing today under the experience of the family’s 4th generation winemaker, Alessandro. The family began in Refrontolo, a small hilly village in between the two famous Prosecco towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, and more recently has accrued two other vineyards to combine for 40 hectares of total estate. With a complete dedication to as natural production as possible, the estate is organically farmed, they only rely on naturally occurring yeasts as well as never adding sulfur during vinification (since 2009), all while focusing on many varietals that they have found to create incredible results in their unique terrain. Thriving from the local clay soils, the wines of De Stefani are stunning, true to type, and richly complex.
Prosecco is an immensely popular sparkling wine made in north-east Italy. This Prosecco making zone spans from Vicenza to Triste and encompasses over 34,500 acres. In 2003 this region produced over 300 million bottles of wine. Historically, this region was an IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica), so to lock in this region's ownership of the Prosecco brand, they renamed the grape variety used to make it to Glera in 2009 and registered the region name "Prosecco" as a Protected Denomination of Origin (DOC)
Veneto is Italy's most productive wine region in the north east. It stretches westerward to Lake Garda and northward to the Alps and the Austrian border. Within this region is the city of Venice, an important power int he wine trade of the Middle Ages, whose legacy has shaped some wines in Veneto and even elsewhere. Much of this regions wines are characterized by high volume, pleasant, easy drinking wines (think Pinot Grigio and Prosecco). However, small producers in the region provide exceptional and interesting wines through focusing on terroir rather than volume.
Tasting: This traditional version of Prosecco gives the wine an incredible complexity, with lively and fragrant bread and yeasty notes, on top of the fresh and delicious apple fruit, citrus, and stone.
Pairing: Fried chicken, creamy cheeses, creamy seafood dishes