The Cartizze Valley is a natural amphitheatre just outside of the town of Valdobbiadene at the feet of the Cesen mountain. An ideal microclimate gives the best expression to the Glera grapes and hence the organoleptic characteristics of this exclusive wine. There are 4 main properties which make this natural basin unique:
1) Sun exposition
The Cartizze valley forms a hilly chain which rises south to north from 200 m to 350 m on sea level. The steep hill is facing south, therefore every vine is always exposed to sunlight and is never affected by the shadow of the vines in front, giving the grapes the opportunity to mature evenly and with a higher sugar content than in any other Prosecco production area.
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4) Temperature variation/diurnal shift
The Cartizze area is a basin at the bottom of the Cesen Mountain (1570 m high). During spring and summer, at night time the cold air coming from the Alps flows right down to the Cartizze area, thus creating temperature variations between night and day necessary to allow the grapes to mature and develop a broad variety of complex fragrances and flavours.
A light breeze constantly blowing from North-East forms a virtual tunnel of air which dries the leaves of the vines eliminating humidity, the cause of fungal diseases such as Blight and Mildew. The vines can therefore grow much healthier and stronger following a more sustainable cultivation method with lower use of phytosanitary treatments.
A varied terrain including moraines, sandstones and especially clays allow for rapid drainage of rainfall and at the same time a constant water supply, thus permitting the vines to develop in a well balanced manner.
The result is a perfect combination between mild microclimate and soil composition that make this an exclusive production area with grapes that offer unique properties.