Philippine Tatler Homes savours the world’s best Prosecco, Rugerri’s Giustino B., which tells the story of a charming town and an extraordinary people
Raise your glass for Ruggeri’s Giustino B., the world’s best Prosecco
In town recently for a lightning visit was Paolo Bisol who runs Ruggeri, a young winery that was established in the 1950’s. The Prosecco that bears his father’s name boasts the flavour and terroir of centuries in historic Valdobbiadene. Ruggeri Giustino B. is the world’s best Prosecco, an accolade that is substantiated in Christie’s 2014 World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine. In the book, Tom Stevenson, regarded as one of the world’s leading wine experts, described how Giustino B. “stood out in a blind tasting of 190 Prosecco,” which was no ordinary feat, considering that Prosecco owes its characteristics to a region where over 150 producers can lay claim to the remarkable attributes of the Glera grape. Ruggeri’s fervent dedication, however, has clearly marked a page in history.
As shared by Bisol, there are a number of astonishing elements behind the success of Ruggeri’s Giustino B. The magic of Conegliano Valdobbiadene itself is one. The hilly landscape makes wine-growing a challenge in the region, but producers have persisted for centuries. The people of Treviso, like the Bisols, whose headstrong and traditional values are worthy of recognition, have consigned generations of their families to this task.
This painstaking allegiance to land and grape, paired with the incredible root system of Prosecco, has allowed some of the oldest vines to survive today. The quality of such vines is, true to the word, sensational. It is known as the “memory of the region,” and, along with the Vecchie Viti, Giustino B. captures that.
The altitude, climate, soil, and root create the charm of this region’s Prosecco Superiore vineyards. Ruggeri’s technology and pursuit of perfection work in harmony to elicit the agesold bouquet of the wine. Ultimately, however, the commitment to protect Prosecco through its constant improvement is what drives the business forward for all the producers in the area. Today the world looks to Giustino B. for this accomplishment whilst other wineries compete for similar praise.
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