Prosecco goes sugar-free
La Tordera winery is at the forefront of a trend among DOCG producers towards drier, more refined Prosecco wines with fewer calories.
A sparkling wine with zero sugar content is among two exclusive vintages brought to Vinexpo Paris by a leading winery in Italy’s largest Prosecco Superiore region.
Otreval Zero Zuccheri Brut and Brunei Brut, which are presented by La Tordera winery of the Valdobbiadene area, exemplify a growing trend towards increasingly dry Prosecco wines among producers of vintages with protected designation of origin status – or Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG).
Both are from small hillside plots in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene area of Treviso in Veneto province, which accounts for nearly 80% of the 8,643ha under cultivation for Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Recent years have seen a trend for Valdobbiadene DOCG wines to be marketed separately from those of neighbouring Conegliano.
The two wines are grown using La Tordera’s “Natural Balance” method of sustainable viticulture, which aims to protect the environment as well as the local economy and social traditions, and within 15km of the winery, allowing for quick vinification and ensuring low sulphite content.
Otreval is cultivated in 1.3ha of the Rive de Guia area, one of the highest vineyards in Valdobbiadene. Its steep hillsides allow for greater concentration of sugar in the grapes and the wine goes through a four-month fermentation process, during which all its sugar content is consumed by yeasts.
La Tordera describes the result as “a complex, pale straw yellow wine, with an elegant perlage and a bouquet extending from green fruits to mineral notes” and a flavour that is “intense and well-structured with a pleasant acidy freshness”.
Brunei Brut is from the 6.8ha Vidor area, which was cultivated with plums in Roman times, and has alluvial clay soil that is favourable for making brut. The sparkling wine, which has 7.5 to eight grams of sugar per litre, is a “fresh wine” with a “strong personality”, according to La Tordera.
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Photo: The Tordera Prosecco range at Vinexpo Paris 2020