Renowned sparkling wine estate sees opportunity to grow internationally
Located in Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene, in the heart of the Prosecco hills, Le Colture has been a family run company since 1500. Already a highly-successful international business producing 800,000 bottles a year, the estate is now planning to advance to the next level by exhibiting at Vinexpo Bordeaux for the first time.
Led by the Ruggeri family, La Colture will use the 2019 edition of Vinexpo to present international buyers with its flagship wines at the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Consortium booth, namely: Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore di Cartizze, Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry and Valdobbiadene DOCG brut ‘Fagher’. Commenting, Alberto and Veronica Ruggeri said: “We are experiencing a moment of signi cant evolution that sees us more and more as protagonists in international scenarios. For some time now, we have been working in foreign markets and for us this is a continuous challenge.”
Le Colture sales are currently split 60% to Italy and 40% to the international market. The main export countries are UK, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, USA. Good sale results have also been registered in Belgium, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Brazil and Australia.
As a wine company, Le Colture is strongly linked to the life and cultivation of its territory, the Valdobbiadene DOCG. The strong bond with the earth allows the expression of every vintage with great care and sensitivity. With 40 hectares of direct ownership, it has been an in uential presence in the territory since 1983, but its cornerstone lies above all in being a family that, every day of the year, commits itself to enhancing the Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene DOCG.
Cesare Ruggeri, father of Silvia, Alberto and Veronica, is Le Colture’s intuitive mind, the true “vigneron” and it is thanks to him that the estate is now able to we produce 800.000 bottles per year, mostly in the sparkling variety. “Each of us is a part of this reality,” says Veronica Ruggeri, “starting from our mother Bianca, pillar of this company, together with our father Cesare, and the rest of the family. With our sparkling wines we communicate with passion and authenticity our life, our land and our history into the world.”
The farmhouse and winery building is traditional outside, while the most advanced technological equipment is located inside as a result of a recent restoration. Le Colture’s vineyards are grown using biodynamic farming techniques, deploying products that have the least environmental impact and implementing natural techniques of plant management. In the cellar much attention is also given to energy saving; photovoltaic panels that utilise natural resources such as solar power have recently been installed.
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