The wine of the empressp

The wine of the empress

Prosecco, Italy’s bubbly, much appreciated by foreigners even more than by Italians, was born in a neighbourhood of Trieste, Prosecco.


Its history is very ancient and is seen to be inextricably linked to the Romans. Originally it was the Pucino wine, much loved by the Empress Livia, who is said to have lived to be over eighty years old precisely because of the healthy benefits coming from a glass of Prosecco a day.

Between the karstic areas and the Adriatic Sea for centuries, the Glera vine has been the main source of what would later become one of the Italian excellences. The white sparkling wine made in Italy, according to the nineteenth-century dictates of the Martinotti method.

Originally, however, it was the Pucino wine, which Pliny the Elder told us about. The area of its birth was close to the sources of the Timavo, near Trieste. Nestled in the Karst, they went towards the Adriatic Sea helping to provide an ideal habitat and microclimate for the Glera.


Only in the second half of the 19th century did the wine become Prosecco. From 2009, two Italian regions, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, with 9 provinces Venice, Trieste (Prosecco), Gorizia, Udine, Pordenone, Treviso, Belluno, Vicenza and Padua are part of the territories that give life to Prosecco Doc. A consortium protects it and pursues its continuous improvement also in respect of sustainability.


Brilliant straw yellow or pale pink coloured wine with fine and persistent perlage, characterized by floral and fruity aromas. The taste is fresh and elegant with moderate alcohol content.


Mainly Glera, and other percentages of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir (red and white vinification), Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Glera lunga, Verdiso, Bianchetta and Perera.

Sabina Castelfranco

Radio and Television Journalist with 30 years of experience as a Correspondent and Producer, Sabina Castelfranco was born in Buenos Aires, grew up in Italy, Spain and America and graduated at the London School of Economics. After passing the Italian State exam as a professional journalist, she became a reporter for Vatican Radio, CBS Radio and Voice of America among others. Since 1998 she works as a producer for CBS 60 Minutes and freelances for all major American, British and Australian networks.

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