Rabbiosa, Marzemina Bianca, Perera, and Bianchetta: The “Other” Grapes in Prosecco

We all know Glera but what are the other grapes that can go into Prosecco?

Rabbiosa, Marzemina Bianca, Perera, and Bianchetta are some of the traditional Prosecco grapes that we grow in our vineyard in Monfumo, the parcel used to make our Colfòndo and one of our favorite vineyards (and most beautiful!).

Click here to see a Facebook album with images of all the grapes above.
When we say “we grow them” we should really say that “we found them growing there.”

When we purchased this historic vineyard a few years ago, it had vines that had been growing there for literally more than 100 years. And one of the most interesting things about the site and one of the things that made it so attractive to us is that it was planted in a time before Prosecco was such a big part of the Italian wine world.

Back then, farmers would plant mostly Glera, the top grape for the appellation. But they would also plant other white grape varieties, like the ones mentioned above.

The wisdom was as follows. In most vintages, Glera will deliver a healthy and robust yield of grapes. But in challenging vintages, it might be the other grape varieties that perform better and deliver better fruit. So in a way, it was kind of like the farmer’s insurance policy. She or he knew that a consistent yield could be obtained in nearly any vintage, despite challenging weather conditions.

Here at Bele Casel, we love tracing the flavors in our wines back to the Prosecco of generations past. After all, our grandfather was a grape grower and a winemaker and our father makes our wines today.

We feel that in a way, our Colfòndo, because it’s made using a “field blend,” is one of our most traditional and authentic wines.

Did you know that Rabbiosa, btw, is known as Durello in other parts of Italy?

Thanks for reading!

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