The choice to produce exclusively hand-made Valdobbiadene DOCG wines.
The Valdobbiadene DOCG comes from a small hilly area in between the villages of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, where its cultivation finds the ideal conditions for its maximum expression.
The Valdobbiadene DOCG is the synthesis of a combination of various soils, climate and men expertise that has been handed down for generations: the art the work done by hand. This is the only way these steep hills “embroidered” from the vineyards, which create an environment so spectacular as to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The history of a wine, especially one of ancient origins, is intimately linked not only to the land where it is produced, but also to the events that over the time have marked the life of the successive generations inhabiting the local territory. Valdobbiadene DOCG, in fact, grown for over 10 centuries in the foothills of the Marca Trevigiana running from Valdobbiadene to Conegliano, has significantly influenced the habits, the customs, the traditions and the economy of the local community.
Last grape harvests
Report grape harvest 2019
Two weeks before the official start of the harvest there was a forecast of good quality grapes, due to various factors. Compared to previous years, where the flowering of the vine took place in late May-early June, in fact, in 2019 the flowering took place around 10/13 June, St. Anthony's Day, perfect - moreover - according to the wine tradition, in what seems like a return to the roots.
This delay, compared to the flowering of the past few years, was caused primarily by the extensive hailstorm occurred on 26th April, which almost entirely hit the foothills and caused an important production drop, but this allowed the remaining grapes to concentrate more flavor, flavor and structure. The month of May was exceptionally cold and rainy. The month of June was warm and not very rainy, but this did not affect the growth of the plant, as the land had accumulated a good water supply during the previous month. After mid-July the climate continued with an alternation of warm and cool periods with regular rains that favored a balanced vegetative growth. In the last period, in August, there were good temperature changes between day and night, a favorable and condition especially for white berry grapes, which gave the best acidity and translucency to the berries. The entire northern area of the appellation had a delayed maturation, this allowed the vine to benefit from the lowering of temperature, above all at night, which characterized the month of September, favoring aromatic preservation and acid balance. The central and southern area of the appellation have presented a fair production. Here the harvest took place after the first ten days of September, with beautiful grapes and good sugar concentration.
The 2019 harvest has had many different facets, causing great differences between the various areas of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene appellation. For Col Vetoraz it began on September 23rd: the wine company waited for the right balance in the ripeness of the grapes, so that the best aromatic expression could take place. The 2019 vintage will certainly be remembered for the low production of some areas, but probably also for the quality: the wines born from this harvest are giving excellent expectations.
Report grape harvest 2018
The 2018 season was characterised by a balanced spring, resulting in a beautiful, fragrant and slightly early flowering of the vines. The beginning of summer was variable, with cold rainy periods alternating with spells of hot weather. This encouraged perfect setting of the fruit, good development of the bunches and abundant vegetation.
The second part of summer, on the other hand, was characterised by high temperatures and a lack of rain. As a result, during this period the plants showed slight signs of distress from heat, but not from lack of water, as fortunately the land had accumulated a good reserve of water previously. These conditions allowed the fruit to ripen normally. The rain and drop in temperature during the last ten days before picking were fundamental in maintaining the acid balance and preserving the abundance of aromas.
Grape picking began at Col Vetoraz on Monday 3 September and was generous and well-balanced, with a generally harmonious and fragrant result.
Report grape harvest 2017
The 2017 grape harvest has just come to an end and the partners of Col Vetoraz, Francesco Miotto, Paolo De Bortoli and Loris Dall’Acqua, take stock of a vintage that will be remembered as particularly complex.
As they observe, the season was characterised by an early spring leading to early budding. This resulted in frost damage in vineyards outside the most favourable area. The subsequent return to normal temperatures delayed flowering, making it possible to begin grape picking during the usual period. The progression of the seasons was characterised by a succession of abnormally hot periods broken at quite regular intervals by rainy spells. As a result, the plants never suffered from a lack of water, but did show signs of heat distress. Towards the grape picking period, there was a drop in temperature followed by rain, conditions which helped preserve the acid balance.
As enologist and partner Loris Dall’Acqua explains: "In these conditions, Col Vetoraz was able to select the grapes during the harvest itself, judiciously assessing the origin and correct use for each batch and managing nevertheless to guarantee a standard of quality that, although certainly not optimum, was globally very high".