In an ancient land of Emperors, philosophers and artists, there was a noble wine called Pucino.
Created in the foothills of the Italian Alps over 2000 years ago, Pucino was a favorite of Empress Livia Augusta. In the following centuries, Pucino was renamed “Prosecco”, and it has been enjoyed by Italian royalty and nobility ever since.
Modern connoisseurs continue to enjoy this timeless, crisp, elegantly sparkling wine as Altaneve.
Altaneve is the faithful embodiment of this ancient wine, created with generations of experience, and from a terroir exclusive to the steep foothills of the Dolomites. Translated in Italian as “high snow,” Altaneve alludes to the Dolomite Mountains’ temperate microclimate that lends a special character to the grapes that make the wine unique.
With the current sparkling wine renaissance, this legendary Prosecco brand has emerged as a modern classic for those with discriminating taste. Altaneve heralds the centuries of heritage with its timeless and elegant spirit.
Altaneve originates from Valdobbiadene, the Italian town reputed for producing the highest quality of sparkling wine. Located in the foothills of the Dolomites, Valdobbiadene’s steep terrain has produced glera grapes for millennia. The terroir and the oenology differentiate Altaneve from other Proseccos.
Altaneve is a Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. that is composed of 100% glera grapes that are grown exclusively on the steep hillsides of Valdobbiadene. Each hill’s orientation to the sun determines when specific sections of vineyard are harvested to capture the grapes at their peak ripeness. Due to the steep terrain, the grape clusters are hand-picked and hand-selected, one-by-one. This harvesting method results in the freshest grapes that require the least amount of preservatives (sulfites) during the winemaking process. The result is a wine with a unique, floral aroma and an elegant delicateness.
Renowned Prosecco oenologists monitor the entire Altaneve wine making process to guarantee consistent taste and composition. The wine’s bouquet and persistent perlage are developed by an extended secondary fermentation, rarely employed by wine producers.
Prosecco is one of the oldest known wines in Italian history, dating back to the Roman times, when it was called “Pucino”. It was rumored that Empress Livia Augusta enjoyed Prosecco, which contributed to her long life, as she lived until the venerable age of 82. Venetian royalty has enjoyed Prosecco ever since, and even used it as valuable currency in ancient times with neighboring countries, where it is still enjoyed today.
The production of Altaneve rests on two centuries of tradition as ancestors passed down their understanding and vocation for wine-making, and tended their vines. The wine masters of Altaneve founded the Confraternita del Vino Prosecco (Prosecco Wine Fraternity) in the 1940s, culminating today with Altaneve. Inheriting the vitality and strong ties to the steep Valdobbiadene hills, Altaneve carries on the traditions of its forebears with expert wine-making and ever-improved technology.
Altaneve is produced in Valdobbiadene with its grapes grown exclusively in the steep Valdobbiadene hills, allowing Altaneve to assume the title, “Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.” This title is exceptionally noteworthy, because the Valdobbiadene-specific terroir bestows a refined acidity and flavor that create a consistently superior wine year after year – a significant feat only achieved by the best grapes and winemakers.
Altaneve is produced in the foothills of the Italian Dolomite Mountains, in the small town of Valdobbiadene, which is known for its steep slopes, and mild temperate microclimate.
Benefiting from the steep slopes between the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomite Mountains, Valdobbiadene receives more rainfall than the surrounding area, with an ideal natural irrigation and drainage system of loose calcareous soil that resulted from the lifting of an ancient seabed. The steep slopes offer a wider variance in day and evening temperatures that allow the grapes to absorb the sun’s nutrients during the direct sunlight hours, and ripen during the cooler evening hours.
This terroir is optimal for growing glera grapes with the perfect levels of natural acidity that lend exalted characteristics of crispness, vitality and aromatic elegance that distinguish Valdobbiadene wines from any others.
Wine can only be classified as “Prosecco” if produced within a specific area in Italy. This area is comprised of two production regions, which represent the Italian government-recognized designations: D.O.C and D.O.C.G.
In 2009, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore joined the elite list of Italy’s premium D.O.C.G. wines, to denote the highest quality prosecco offered in the world. D.O.C.G, the Italian acronym for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (Denomination of controlled and guaranteed origin), is a recognition bestowed upon the best premium Italian wines. The high regard of D.O.C.G. wines is due to the Italian government’s rigorous monitoring of all aspects of wine-making: grape varietal, growing area, wine production, composition and overall wine quality. In comparison, D.O.C. wines undergo more lenient government regulation and scrutiny.
The D.O.C.G. quality designation is further differentiated by specific sub-regions in the Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G zone. Altaneve is a “Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.” wine that is produced exclusively in Valdobbiadene, the zone reputed for producing the highest quality Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. wine.