The roots of Maschio dei Cavalieri’s passion for wine are as old as the vines on the Veneto hills, to the North of Venice. The wines come from grapes grown on the hills of Valdobbiadene, Conegliano and in the Piave Valley. As one of the top 10 wine producers in the world, the Maschio dei Cavalieri offering is born through careful grape selection and unique vilification process.
Maschio dei Cavalieri’s impeccable quality is obtained using a unique vinification technique; made from the very finest grapes, picked in a natural way and pressed in the briefest time possible. Once the grapes have reached the desired degree of ripening, they are ready for harvest – usually between August and October. This is when the percentage of sugar and acids in the grapes have is at its optimum value for wine production. The Cantine Maschio winery can store and process 143,000 hectoliters of must, to produce their wines. An iron-clad rule applies in the winery to work with musts and not with wines, ensuring the freshness and fragrance of the grape juice is maintained. Maschio’s modern pneumatic presses ensure gentle extraction of the must from the grapes. Only the must or the ‘free-run juice’ from the very first pressing is collected. This is immediately refrigerated to avoid spontaneous fermentation and left to settle.
Maschio wines show a fresh, light and lively style, typical of Prosecco. These features are strongly aligned to the type of drinking that is associated with Prosecco: conviviality, the aperitif and the cocktail known as the “spritz”.
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Maschio dei Cavalieri is distinctly Italian, produced for the discerning palette, for lovers of quality, charm and authenticity. From a country where the landscapes are spectacular, the history is rich and the culture world famous. Created from grapes grown on the hills and in the valleys of the renowned wine producing region of north Venice, where there is a unique affinity between vine and climate. Immerse yourself in the heart of pleasure, an addictive invitation to an unforgettable experience.
Over the centuries Italians have pioneered laws to control and protect the origins and names of Italian wines through their Appellation System. The current system brought into place in 1992, primarily defines the geographic area of the appellation, grapes and proportions admitted for a specific wine production, the maximum yield per hectare, minimum percentage of alcohol by volume, the styles and types of wines recognised by the appellation system, the minimum time of aging before the wine can be sold, chemical and physical characteristics as well as organoleptic qualities. The categories of the systems are as follows:
IGT Wines are the least stringent categorisation of apellated wines in Italy though not necessarily low quality. Many of the finest and expensive Super Tuscans featured in collections of the world’s most serious connoisseurs fall into this category.
DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata: Appellation of Controlled Origin)
All wine falling under this label has been produced in a specified area and has been aged and bottled in accordance with existing regulations. Frequent checks are done by authorities and start from the vine and go through to the finished product in the bottle. At time of publication only 329 wines have earned DOC Status.
DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita: Appellation of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin)
This category is reserved for elite wines whose quality is ‘guaranteed’ by the Italian Government. These can only be sold in certain sizes and carry a seal of guarantee. These wines strictly adhere to rules and regulations to promote consistency and quality. At time of publication there are only 74 wines with DOCG status.