(SAN PIETRO DI FELETTO – TREVISO) Manzane is a large family-run company that produces Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG wines. Among the wines of great interest the Rive di Manzana Millesimato Dry and the Rive di Formeniga Millesimato Extra Brut and many others.
The History of the Wines of Manzane
The history of Manzane wines has its roots in the mid-twentieth century. In 1958 Osvaldo Balbinot, the progenitor of the family, started a small business in the wine sector helped by his wife Elsa and later by his son Ernesto in the Alta Marca Trevigiana area.
It is the beginning of a dream that has spanned three entire generations.
His son Ernesto, an oenologist, decides to put his father’s passion and experience to good use.
In 1984 he founded ‘La Vigna’ and began to produce and vinify his own grapes. In 1992, with a clear vision of the company’s potential, he embarks on a new challenge that will lead to the birth of the current company and begins marketing his wine under the ‘Le Manzane’ brand.
The efforts paid off. The Manzane winery and its wines, in fact, became appreciated in the Italian and foreign markets in just a few years. Today it is present in 36 countries with an annual production of around 1 million bottles produced per year and a vineyard area of 72 hectares, of which 60 are part of the Conegliano Valdoddiadene DCOG appellation.
The Terroir of the Wines of Manzane
The Manzane company derives its name from an area called ‘Manzana’ in the province of Treviso, one of the hilly complexes recognized as one of the most suitable for the production of Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG thanks to a combination of climate, soil and particularly favorable sun exposure.
In fact, the mountain range of the Belluno Dolomites allow to mitigate the cold north winds while the moderate proximity to the sea gently caresses the vineyards with its sea breezes and limits the summer heat peaks.
The good hilly altitudes, on the other hand, favor excellent solar radiation and good thermal excursions, which are essential for developing aromas of great elegance and eloquence.
The soils, on the other hand, are heterogeneous and vary from medium-textured soils tending towards clay to marly soils with sandstone, particularly rich in mineral micronutrients essential for the healthy development of the vine.
The Philosophy of Manzane wines
Among the aspects that inspire the production philosophy of Manzane wines there are manual operations in the vineyard and carried out with great attention to the needs of the vine in all its development phases in order to bring only excellent quality grapes to the cellar.
Another crucial aspect for the Manzane is the primary attention to biodiversity and environmental sustainability.
In fact, since 2019 the 75 hectares of vines in Manzane have been grown according to the dictates of integrated pest management, favoring the use of sustainable agronomic practices, limiting plant protection products and minimizing pesticide treatments through alternative solutions. Le Manzane’s commitment to environmental sustainability was therefore also recognized by the SQNPI certification.
Furthermore, Le Manzane has chosen to scrupulously follow the wine-making protocol promoted by the DOCG Conegliano Valdobbiadene aimed at safeguarding the health of the consumer, and protecting the territory and the landscape.
Wines of Manzane
Today the 75 hectares of vines that give life to the wines of Manzane, grown mainly with Glera, but also native vines such as Verdiso, Manzoni bianco, Bianchetta, Marzemino, and international vines such as Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot bianco.
Furthermore, the Cantina di Manzane boasts a plant equipped with the most modern technologies of vinification, temperature-controlled storage and automatic bottling, ideal conditions to ensure consistency in quality and oenological precision.
A very important aspect that distinguishes the wines of Manzane is the enhancement of the relationship between wine and territory. This choice is exemplified by the Cru ‘Rive’ wines, of the Springo line, obtained exclusively from grapes belonging to a single sub-zone in order to enhance the unique characteristics of a territory.
The Manzane wines of this line are the Conegliano Prosecco Superiore DOCG Rive di Manzana Millesimato Dry, produced on the homonymous hill of Manzana with exposure to the south-west, and the Conegliano Prosecco Superiore DOCG Rive di Formeniga Millesimato Extra Brut wine, produced in the municipality di Vittorio Veneto, from a plot with a steep slope and southern exposure.
Very exciting among the wines of Manzane are also the excellent Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Millesimato Extra Dry and Brut, or the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut, and the rosé wine Spumante Brut ‘Ròseo’, obtained from the assembly of Glera and Merlot.
The fil-rouge that binds the style of the Manzane wines is certainly the balance, the taste-olfactory elegance and the maximization of Glera in all its nuances, in some cases also enhanced by the wisely calibrated contribution of other grape varieties autochthonous and complementary internationals.
The Manzane wine line is waiting to be discovered and once again testifies to the great expressive potential of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene terroir.