Valdobbiadene is located right in the heart of the lively and lush green hills of Prosecco. Le Colture is a winery and a cellar that has been in the hands of the same family since 1500. Cesare and Renato Ruggeri are the current custodians of this extraordinary heritage of experience, large and small production secrets, a knowledge of the territory and its grapes, an inbred sensitivity for the health of the vines, and the humors in the cellar. For some years now, Cesare’s three children, Silvia, Alberto, and Veronica, have been intensely involved in winery activities, bringing to its operation a surge of enthusiasm and invaluable innovation. Le Colture exclusively uses the Charmat (tank) method to make their sparkling wines, thereby preserving the freshness and verve of the unique Glera grape, an aromatic white variety grown almost exclusively in the Valdobbiadene DOCG appellation. In the production of Prosecco at Le Colture, Glera represents 100% of the grapes used, while DOCG laws for the appellation permit a minimum of 85% of Glera with the remainder may be made up of Verdiso, Perera, Bianchetta, Pinot, and/or Chardonnay. The bottles that leave this vineyard, year after year, are the result of the efforts of a well assorted and close-knit family clan. Each member of the family is directly involved in every production phase—running the management of the vines, selecting the grapes, the various stages of the wine-making, all through to marketing and sales.
Alberto Ruggeri was introduced to me through Enrico Rivetto in early 2009. His family was in the process of developing the US for their brand and we were able to establish a solid platform for success in Colorado. The wines have had huge success and continue to build a following 10 years later.