Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2019 edition panel tasting review of Prosecco Superiore/Conegliano Valdobbiadene (see blue link below).
Ruggeri Vecchie Viti Prosecco Superiore 2016- January 2019 Decanter review
"Ruggeri - hands down, this is one of the top five Prosecco producers", Decanter, July 2013
The Ruggeri winery was established in 1950 by Giustino Bisol, whose family boasts a deeply rooted, centuries-old tradition in viticulture in the Valdobbiadene area. The winery was established in Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene to produce and promote the sparkling Prosecco Superiore and Cartizze wines. It was originally housed in small premises in the village of Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene. After a temporary move to a larger site in the centre of the village, in the early Nineties it was relocated to new, larger and more rational premises which can receive and process almost 3,000 tons of grapes which are brought there every harvest. Today the winery is run by Paolo Bisol, who is assisted by his children Giustino and Isabella.
The Prosecco Superiore DOCG grapes are usually delivered by over a hundred vine-growers. Nearly all of them have their vineyards in the municipality of Valdobbiadene, while 25 also grow Cartizze grapes. It should be noted that many of the superior vineyards lie in the historic districts of San Pietro di Barbozza. Santo Stefano and Saccol, which have always been renowned for producing the best in terms of quality. Ruggeri owns a small vineyard of Cartizze and 20 hectares on the nearby Montello, 12 of them are cultivated with Pinot Grigio and Glera (traditionally called Prosecco). About 1 hectare is dedicated to the growing of Recantina, an ancient and authochtonous red grape variety which was recovered thanks to the hard work of cooperation with the Istituto Sperimentale Per la Viticoltura di Conegliano (School of Viticulture of Conegliano).
This wine is called “Vecchie Viti” (Old Vines) because the fruit comes from old vines scattered around the hills of Valdobbiadene’s territory and not from a single vineyard. Of course, it is difficult to determinate with absolute precision the age of these vines, but they are between 80 and 100 years old. To produce this wine Ruggeri need the cooperation of numerous farmers and owners of the best vineyards in San Pietro, Santo Stefano, Cartizze, Guia and Saccol.
The wine which is obtained from the first fermentation after some decanting-operations, is left to ferment until spring and then it is transferred into the pressure-vat. The second fermentation is carried out slowly, with great care. The wine is left in contact with the fine lees until a few days before bottling at the end of June.
A dry example of Prosecco with an exceptional structure with a characteristic bouquet of spring flowers and almonds.
See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Ruggeri (English at the bottom).
Ruggeri Vecchie Viti Prosecco Superiore 2016 - fiche technique