VINTAGEAltaneve Wines Are Vintage & Vintage is Important
“What’s in a Name?”Vintage Explained…
What are Vintage Wines?
Simply put, a wine’s vintage tells us which year its grapes were harvested.
Altaneve Wines Are Vintage & Vintage is Important
Passionate winemakers greatly appreciate vintage wines, and we are no different. Since our U.S. launch in 2013, all of our wines have been vintage so that our customers can appreciate the delicate differences between one year’s harvest and another.
Each harvest brings nuanced flavors that differentiate vintages from one year to the next. These subtleties are important so that we can learn and appreciate the effects of each year’s weather patterns and continuously refine our winemaking.
Altaneve Labels, However, Are Not Vintage
Vintage wines require new label printing and new U.S. label registration for each vintage year. Altaneve wines are too limited in production to justify such an expense. Instead, we stamp the vintage and bottling year of our wines on their foils as they are produced. In this way, we can have several years of our standardized, high-quality labels printed at once, registered only once per each type of wine (e.g. Altaneve Prosecco vs Altaneve Rosé), then stamped in accordance with the appropriate vintage and bottling year.
How Long Does Prosecco Last?
Altaneve wines are produced using the Martinotti Method – a complex winemaking process that promotes both the crisp freshness found only in young wines and is also responsible for producing the fine bubbles that have become the hallmark of Altaneve wines. The method utilizes a highly-controlled secondary fermentation allowing us to craft increasingly superior wines.
As a wine’s freshness is finite, its bottling date is worth noting. For instance, Altaneve Prosecco and Altaneve Rosé taste best if consumed within 2 years of their bottling. Our more specialized Altaneve Z, by contrast, remains fresh about twice as long due to an extended secondary fermentation.
Generally speaking, for Prosecco and other sparkling wines made using the Martinotti Method, the fresher the wine, the more vibrant its notes and crispness. For this reason and to best appreciate a wine, customers should be aware of the wine’s bottling year in addition to its vintage. To be clear, the freshness of a wine is determined by its bottling date – not its vintage – but, together, this information paints a fuller, more complete picture of each bottle and it’s unique journey.