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Brunch with a View

What do Canova, Empress Sisi and Bellini have in common?

The Correr Museum in Venice, one of the most dazzling collections in a city resplendent with art and history. If you should ever happen to be in the neighborhood the first or third Sunday of the month – any month –, do take a stroll around the Habsburg beauty’s Imperial Apartments, admire the breathtaking Canova Collection, have brunch with a view of St. Mark’s Square, and top it all with a complimentary Bellini Fusion on your way out!

 

Brut 47, newborn to our ‘sparkle heaven’

Since its very beginning over 70 years ago, Canella has had a penchant for two things above all: sparkle and innovation.

Our newest bollicine is a welcome addition to the range of Canella sparkling wines, with a special affinity for the on-trade market thanks to its solid quality and great value. A blend of Glera and Chardonnay or Pinot Bianco (depending on the respective vintage quality), Brut 47 is light straw yellow in color, with subtle and persistent perlage and a classic bouquet of breadcrust and croissant; crisp and lightly tannic on the palate, ideally paired with fish, fresh cheese and white meat.

A Golden Rose for our vintage Rosé Brut: one of Italy’s finest!

We are proud and honored to share the news: our vintage Canella Rosé Brut has been awarded 92 points by “La Guida al Bere Rosa 2019-2020”, the well-known Guidebook to the finest rosés in Italy.

Out of a whopping 2,570 rosati tasted from all over Italy, a mere 65 were deemed worthy of the Golden Rose, the guidebook’s top accolade. Our own Rosé Brut from Pinot Nero grapes is one of these select few.

Venetian classics at the city’s Historical Regatta

The first Sunday in September each year, Venetians and tourists from all over the world gather by the Grand Canal to watch this colorful water pageant. Participants then toast to the rowing virtuosos of Venice against the splendid backdrop of one of the city’s historic landmarks, Ca’ Foscari… with the most classic of Venetian aperitifs: Bellini.

A Man and a Woman… Venice and a Sailboat

Can you imagine a more romantic cocktail? Maybe just two: Bellini and Rossini.

True enough, both were on board the sailboats taking part in Lui e Lei: A Man and a Woman on a Sailboat, the September regatta organized by Yacht Club Venezia in partnership with Portodimare. All of the couples got a chance to toast to this delightful endeavor with our rosy Venetian classics.

We like to imagine that the movie buffs among them were humming that most evocative of soundtracks, the Academy Award-winning A Man and a Woman

 

The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site

A territory that is a global cultural heritage of exceptional universal value, to be protected, preserved, and handed down to future generations.

As of today, the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are officially the 55th Italian “World Heritage Site”. So the UNESCO Assembly gathered in Azerbaijan declared.

Innocente Nardi – President of the Temporary Association of Purpose “The Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene World Heritage Site”, and of the Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG – expressed hisprofound satisfaction and immense joy at the declaration of the Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene as a World Heritage Site”.

– “In Baku, the Unesco World Assembly bestowed upon our hills this coveted recognition, thereby making them the 55th Italian site to be protected and safeguarded due to the uniqueness of its cultural landscape. It is thanks to the work carried out by an exceptional team led by the governor of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia, with the contribution of the competent Ministries and impeccable work of the scientific committee  – chaired by Mauro Agnoletti -, and not least, the support of the Italian Unesco Delegation, that we have achieved this goal. Speaking of goalsPresident Nardi addedthis recognition should not be seen as a destination, but merely as an important step on a journey towards enhancing the cultural, artistic, and agricultural heritage of this small area, known for its principal product, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore”.

 The nomination process lasted ten years, and while this journey was both long and at times difficult, not only was it in line with the average times for other registered sites, but it saw the emergence of a solid cohesion amongst the interested parties, from the various municipal administrations and trade associations, to the local entrepreneurs, right down to the area’s inhabitants. It is this enthusiasm and dedication that has enabled us to achieve our objective.

The producers that make up the Consortium of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Docg have been the driving force and soul of the nomination” – added Innocente Nardi. – “Right from the beginning, and throughout the entire nomination process, they have never wavered in their belief in the uniqueness of our landscape, with its vineyard-embroidered hills and inaccessible slopes that require such hard and entirely manual labour. It is the commitment of generations of wine producers working in the vineyards, forging the “patchworks” that we see today, as well as the characteristic “ciglioni”, which distinguish our viticulture  – and therefore our territory – from others, that has led to UNESCO recognition“.

As of today, it is the responsibility of us all, but first and foremost that of the Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG, in harmony with the newly established site management association, to focus on the conservation and maintenance of the registered landscape assets, while paying particular attention to the Unesco guidelines for their protection and enhancement for future generations, in accordance with the objectives aimed at achieving balanced and harmonious economic and social development.

The objective of such valorisation involves the sustainable development of the registered area, that will be made possible thanks to a management plan drawn up in agreement between the private and public institutions. For years, the theme of sustainability has been present in territorial government plans – thanks to the collaboration of entrepreneurs, wine producers and public administration along with the coordination of the Consortium for the Protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG- for the protection of the environment and its inhabitants.

Top of the list for the Protection Consortium and the parties involved is the controlled development of tourism in the territory. In fact, particular attention will be paid to this sector precisely because of its decidedly positive economic prospects, despite which these will have to be managed and addressed through a sustainable approach.

The Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene landscape is the 10th site in the world to be registered under the category of “cultural landscape”, and is characterized by three unique attributes, based on different geomorphological and cultural characteristics, compared to the other nine territories (Alto Douro – Portugal, Tokaj – Hungary, Pico Island – Portugal, Lavaux – Switzerland, Langhe Roero and Monferrato – Italy, Champagne – France, Burgundy – France, Saint-Emilion – France, Wachau – Austria). All ten of these sites are evolutionary cultural landscapes, visible results of the interaction – a vital, constantly evolving interaction-, between man and the environment.

I am extremely proud because Unesco recognition is confirmation of the unique value of the Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene landscape, fruit of man’s work in harmony with nature,” concluded Innocente Nardi.

Let’s toast to the newborn Puccini!

It’s the color of Sicilian sunshine and the sweet, juicy fragrance of Ciaculli tangerines – a unique, late-ripening (“tardivo”), Slow Food-endorsed variety from the countryside near Palermo. The latter’s luscious, tender flesh, scarce pips and thin, easily peeled rind make for an ideal combination with Venetian sparkle and liveliness, in an irresistible cocktail of zesty freshness and bubbly, citrus delight.

 

 

Tasted 100% blind: Canella Prosecco Superiore Ranked 2nd out of 100!

More kudos for our pinnacle Prosecco: we had barely finished toasting to the recent Falstaff Sparkling Trophy, when news of a further international accolade reached us: Andreas Larsson, Best Sommelier of the World 2007, tasted 100 Proseccos blind and our Valdobbiadene Superiore Extra Dry DOCG was second out of the hundred tasted.

This is what Andreas wrote: “Canella – Prosecco: pale straw colour with young energetic bubbles. Some autolytic notes, pale stone fruit, pear and slight nuttiness on the nose. Medium weight, good grip, balanced dosage, creamy texture, fresh stone fruit notes and rather long finish. A bit more depth and complexity than most other wines this session. 88/100