Joy of Terroir 2011
May - Cartizze, Prosecco, Italy
Italy’s most famous fizz can be produced only in Friuli and Veneto, but the jewel in the crown is Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadine, promoted last year from DOC to DOCG status. Sitting proudly atop that region is the hill of Cartizze, its only grand cru, and widely considered the source of the very highest quality Prosecco – and certainly the most expensive. A vineyard of just 106 hectares, each worth around E1million, the terrain is a mix of marl, sandstone and clay. Entirely south-facing, its prodigiously steep slopes are shared by 140 different growers who tend to pick late and ripe.