This week, grape grower and winemaker Luca Ferraro and his sister Paola Ferraro, who handles marketing and sales for their family-run estate and winery, posted this gorgeous photo of the morainic hills of Prosecco as seen for the family’s vineyard in Monfumo (Asolo township).
It’s an important photo because it tells you so much about the appellation and its terroir.
It was taken early in the morning. Note the mist amid the hills. That mist helps to keep the fruit cool during hot summer months as the berries are ripening.
But more importantly, note the classic formation of morainic hills that jut out of the landscape.
They were formed by the debris of melting glaciers in prehistoric times.
These “mounds” of rocks are ideal for the cultivation of fine wine grapes because they offer excellent drainage, thus forcing the vines to dig deeper into the soil in search of the water table and as a result giving more vigor to the plants themselves.
But they are also important because they provide superb hillside exposure. If you look at a topographic map of Prosecco, you’ll see that these hills are part of chain that runs from the northeast to the southwest on a more-or-less diagonal line.
This is ideal for the cultivation of fine wine grapes because it offers exposure to the rising sun to the east.
Not only is Elia’s shot beautiful, but it also is a great example of the terroir of Prosecco.