Saturday, June 18, 2016
THE FATHER OF PROSECCO
Glass of Bubbly Issue 12
May June 2016
by Catherine Fallis
Antonio Carpenè is often referred to as the father of Prosecco, founding Carpenè Malvolti, the first modern winery in the Veneto and the winery that created the style and character that is Prosecco today. He also founded the Istituto Conegliano, now the largest technical winemaking school in the world, and a leader in oenology and viticulture in Italy.
Over the succeeding generations the Carpenè family continues to lead the way for the wines of Italy, founding the Italian Institute of Sparkling Wine with eight other leading companies, moving forward with legislative protection for wine regions and production methods, playing a key role in Federvini, the national wine association, and today chairing the Technical High School Institute for New Technology to improve education and the use of High Tech in the world of Italian Food and Wine.
Representing the fifth generation of her family, today Rosanna Carpenè serves as President of the company and continues to move it forward. Carpenè Malvolti wines are available in more than fifty countries and include Prosecco Superiore (see my review below), Classic Method Sparkling Rose and Brut, Brandy and Grappa.
nv Carpene Malvoti 1868 Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbaidene DOCG Veneto Italy PG 90 pts
11%, 750 ml, $20 Lightly effervescent and subtly sweet with notes of lemon bar, apple cider, and almond pine nut cookie.