The Golden Pentagon of Cartizze represents the excellence of Prosecco.
Here in Cartizze, microclimate and soil generate a natural oasis for healthy and long lasting vines, allowing to produce wines with marked freshness and minerality and greater aromatic complexity.
What is Cartizze?
An area, and a wine.
Cartizze is a small hilly area that extends for only 108 hectares, where the prestigious sparkling wine called Prosecco DOCG Superiore di Cartizze is produced.
It is a selection of small vineyards, enclosed in 1 square kilometer, which count approximately 140 different landowners. The area is entirely dedicated to the cultivation of vines, specifically to the Glera grape variety used in the production of Prosecco (minimum 85% must be Glera variety).
This sub-area is recognized as the qualitative apex of the Prosecco territory because here the microclimate and soil generate a natural oasis for cultivation, favoring the growth of healthy vines and giving Cartizze wines unique qulitative characteristics.
Due to its exclusivity, Cartizze is recognized as a CRU: a specific high quality selection within a larger area of wine production such as Prosecco.
A micro-area with such precious properties has been awarded the title of the Golden Pentagon.
Where is Cartizze?
The Cartizze area is located in the municipality of Valdobbiadene (Treviso, Italy), specifically between the hamlets of Santo Stefano, Saccol and San Pietro di Barbozza. This micro-area entirely covered with vineyards extends for 108 hectares (approximately 1 square km). We are located in the heart of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG.
What distinguishes Cartizze from other Prosecco production areas?
1) Southern exposure
Cartizze area forms a hilly chain that rises in altitude from South to North (from 200m up to 350m above sea level). Vines are directly exposed to sunlight, which allows uniform ripening of the grapes and guarantees high sugar levels.
A constant breeze blows from the mountains, keeping the leaves of the vine always ventilated and dry: this prevents the formation of humidity, which would otherwise lead to the development of fungal diseases.
3) Soil: rich in minerals
Cartizze hills were formed from the lifting of the seabed over 5 million years ago. The soil is composed of sandstones and moraines, shaped over time to form a thick layer of clay. The vines roots are able to dig deeply within the clay texture of the soil, ensuring water reserve and nutrients.
4) Water Drainage
The morphology of the valley has 5 hilly ridges that extend longitudinally from north to south, favoring perfect water drainage. Surface humidity, the main cause of fungal diseases spreading, is eliminated.
5) Thermal excursion
During the night, fresh air descends from the peaks of the Pre-Alps and flows into the Cartizze valley, creating large temperature variations between night and day. These temperature variations develop strong aromatic characteristics in the grape which are then delivered to the wines.
6) Lower yields per hectare
In Cartizze, Prosecco production regulations allow a maximum yield of 12 Tonnes/Hectare in order to guarantee the production of high quality wines avoiding intensive cultivation farming. This is much lower than other Prosecco production areas: 13-13,5 Tonnes/Hectare in Prosecco DOCG area, 18 Tonnes/Hectare in Prosecco DOC area.
Fun Facts regarding Cartizze
/ The vinification of Cartizze grapes must be carried out within the municipality of Valdobbiadene.
/ The bottles with Cartizze label are produced in a very limited number, 1.2 million per year, and must be marketed only in the bottle in the Sparkling version (no still wine, or semi sparkling version).
/ The sparkling process takes place according to the Martinotti/Charmat method (second fermentation in autoclave).
/ Contrary to many widespread legends, in Cartizze the grapes are not harvested late or dried. Harvest takes place when the grapes reach the right maturation, ensuring balance between acidity and sugar content and a good concentration of aromas (in September).