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

Philippine Tatler Homes - - VOLUME 12 - by AUSSY APOR­TADERA

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.

THIS PAGE Rug­geri owns a small vine­yard in Car­tizze and 20 hectares in the nearby Mon­tello; a bot­tle of the pre­cious Pros­ecco, Rug­geri Giustino B.

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