Bortolomiol

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Bortolomiol – The Domaine
Interview of Ms.Elvira Bortolomiol – Vice President – Bortolomiol for AsiaImportNews – Exclusive

 

Could you please tell us the story of your winery, when it was created and how it developed decades after decades ?

 

Having always been a point of reference on the Prosecco panorama, the Bortolomiol winery is based in Valdobbiadene, in the heart of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG appellation area.

The sparkling winemaking company was founded by Giuliano Bortolomiol in the 1940s, although the family tradition dates back to 1760. Giuliano, who graduated from the Conegliano School of Oenology, was the first to create a Prosecco brut.

Today the winery is run by sisters Elvira, Maria Elena, Giuliana and Luisa Bortolomiol, who are committed and passionate about carrying on the family tradition, making continuous investments into technology and overseeing the entire production process. Aided by a team of oenologists headed by Roberto Cipresso, the Bortolomiol sisters focus their attention on sustainable projects that safeguard mankind and the land.

 

 

What sort of wines are you producing ?

We produce Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Conegliano DOCG and Prosecco DOC, but our focus is on the Prosecco DOCG

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How important are your export distribution compared to national distribution ?  

At the mom

ent the export sales are about 24-25 % of the entire production. The national market intead cover the 75-76%.

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What sort of distributors are your customers ?

We allocate our wines mainly in the Ho.Re.Ca. (Hotel, Restaurant and Catering of medium high quality)

 

 

Why your wines are different from other wineries in your area ?

We follow the entire process of production, from the vineyards to the glass and the attention and the care for the environment and the vineyard are indicators of a social responsibility for the territory that the Bortolomiol family has decided to extend to all grape suppliers through the Green Mark project. This is an internal protocol launched in 2011 which, through a series technical indications which the grape suppliers have chosen to adhere to, aims to improve the way the grapes and vineyards are managed with the least possible impact on the environment and an increasing environmentally-friendly approach.

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Do you produce grapes in a organic or environmental friendly method, or with general methods ?

The Bortolomiol winery is convinced that to produce top quality wines it is essential to start with conscientious and responsible care of the land and the vineyards.

In 2008 Bortolomiol took the decision to change its vineyards over to an organic growing system, a farming approach designed to preserve the natural habitat of the vineyard, embarking upon a production process aimed at optimising the quality of the wine produced while safeguarding the environment and human health, for the purpose of creating an authentic Organic district in the heart of the Appellation area. From the organic vineyard in the heart of Valdobbiadene – inside the Parco della Filandetta – comes the Ius Naturae Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Organic wine, the natural consequence of the production policy based on sustainable and environmentally-friendly wine growing practices.

Organic cultivation is led out by Giuliana Bortolomiol, which followed her father Giuliano and developed an important sensitivity about the natural and organic topic. Today she manages, with the organic method, the family property vineyards.

Organic wine growing involves the adoption of a series of farming procedures that minimise the use of synthetic chemicals. This farming method not only involves defending the health of the plants with copper and sulphur, but also the choice of growing system, pruning, how the land is worked, how the foliage is dealt with and so on right up to harvesting. This strict production process takes place with a continuous presence in the vineyard in order to observe and monitor the progression of the natural cycles of the vines and the problems they can encounter.

As part of a project begun several years ago, Bortolomiol aims to protect the biodiversity of the Glera grape variety by safeguarding, studying and restoring the genetic material of old stocks of native vines in the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene area, salvaging the most stable plants – over sixty years old – that would bring about an improvement in the quality and productivity of the vineyard. Our grape suppliers can therefore plant rooted vine cuttings in the vineyards that come from native plants, able to ensure a genetic variety that copes better with the different years.

Bortolomiol – Vineyards

 

 

Are your wines already distributed in Asia, and if not what are the countries you are looking for new distributors ?

Yes, we sell in asian market since many years. The main markets are : HK, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the recent one, Vietnam. We are looking for importers and distributors in China, Indonesia and Korea

 

 

Is there anything who want to add about your wines, story or any news ?

PARCO DELLA FILANDETTA

In the 1980s the Bortolomiol family purchased and subsequently renovated an ancient silk mill in the heart of Valdobbiadene: the sympathetic restoration was carried out with regard for the industrial archaeology and the character that the complex had at the beginning of the last century.

In these lands, the history of silk mills and that of winemaking were intertwined for the whole of the last century, so much so that no fewer than four sites were occupied with weaving in Valdobbiadene.

The complex of buildings renovated by the Bortolomiol family is the smallest of the four that existed in the Valdobbiadene area at the start of the 1900s and is in the centre of the town, inside a splendid Park – the Parco della Filandetta – which hosts the organic vineyard, the first winery, an avenue of ancient hornbeams and some works by the sculptor Casellato.

The silk mill, which extends over 1300m2 of which roughly 50% has been restored, has now been converted into a bright and spacious tasting room and is today an Art & Wine Farm, or rather a showcase for all the skills involved in winemaking, a new concept where art and culture come together and enhance each other.

 

THE CARBOON FOOTPRINT PROJECT

“We are now taking things one step further through the partnership with Indaco2 srl, a spin-off company of the University of Siena, specialised in monitoring production chains through environmental sustainability indicators”. – states Elvira Bortolomiol – “Together we have studied and analysed the life cycle of the Grande Cuvée del Fondatore Motus Vitae Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Rive di San Pietro di Barbozza and the Ius Naturae Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Organic wine, considering the series of potential impacts generated in the different processes, from running the vineyard to making the wine in the cellar and turning it into sparkling wine, right up to bottling and dealing with the packaging materials at the end of their useful life.”

From the findings of this study it has emerged that the readings for Carbon Footprint emissions, i.e. the amount of greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere during the production of the two reference wines, is fully compensated by a wooded area extending over three hectares which the Bortolomiol family owns on Monte Cesen and that protects the Valdobbiadene hills from the north winds.

Bortolomiol – Grapes

Thank you Ms.Elvira Bortolomiol – Vice President – Bortolomiol for your time and answers!

For Importers:

Bortolomiol: www.bortolomiol.com


 

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