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  • Italian Opera and Prosecco


    November is a time when Opera Season starts in many of Italy's famous Opera houses. Nothing quite brings out the flavour of top quality Prosecco DOCG quite like listening to  the strains of a moving Italian Opera! Italy has many architecturally stunning and historically important opera houses, many of which are still in use. In anticipation of the coming performances we would like to share some of Italy's...

  • Prosecco in the News


    Welcome back to our regular round up of Prosecco news and what is happening in the world of wine! One of our favourite articles this month heralds the delights of Prosecco and praises the rise in popularity of Prosecco Valdobbiadene. Prosecco is Majestic Wines (a leading UK wine retailer) fourth most popular wine, behind a Sauvignon Blanc, and certain champagnes. However, the company have reported...

  • Festa Della Salute


    The Festa Della Salute is the feast day of the Presentation of the Virgin and take place on the 21st November each year. This authentically Venetian festival is one of the least commercial of the Italian festivals and evokes strong religious worship and celebration throughout the city; thousands of Venetians and visitors visit the main altar of the commanding looking 'Salute Church' to give thanks. The...

  • It’s All About the Grapes!


    As we all know, Prosecco Wine is protected as a DOCG within Italy, as Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, and the reason Prosecco is so refreshing, light and aromatic is thanks to the grapes grown within this protected area. But what is the history of these grapes and what is it about them that creates the special taste unique to Prosecco? The grape name itself is 'glera' . The name Prosecco...

  • Prosecco Tasting Route: Solighetto


    After leaving Refrontolo the next town on our Prosecco Route is Solighetto. Although it is not strictly a town or village (it is officially classed as hamlet) there is still a great deal to see historically, architecturally and of course from a Prosecco perspective! Solighetto's main agricultural yield is of course from the Prosecco grapevines, and it is also of some importance in that it is home...

  • Combai Chestnut Festival


    The start of November not only signals the start of the Christmas countdown, it also sees the end of the end of the Combai Chesnut Festival in Treviso! This annual festival is one of the most popular food celebrations in the Veneto region, where over 3 weeks the delights of Combai chestnuts are feted. Combai chestnuts have been awarded the IGP. This stands for 'Italian Products Guaranteed' and is a marketing...

  • Recipe of the Month: Truffle Risotto


    n light of the popularity of truffle hunting and fairs in Italy during the months of October and November we have decided that this months recipe should be a delicious truffle risotto. What else has the same essence of Italian luxury and sophistication as follador prosecco and truffles! Ingredients: 2 ounces black truffles, shaved;  ¼ cup olive oil; 1 clove finely chopped garlic; 1 cup chopped...

  • Different Styles of Prosecco


    As regular visitors to our site know, there is so much more to prosecco than being a ‘sparkling wine’. There are many different varietals which all add their own distinctive senses to the drink in developing the perfect prosecco valdobbiadene. Prosecco is mainly produced as a sparkling wine in one of two varieties,  the fully sparkling spumante or lightly sparkling frizzante. The added label...

  • An Italian Halloween


    'Dolcetto o scherzetto?!' (trick or treat?) Halloween in Italy is a relative newcomer to the Italian festival scene. It is only in the past couple of decades that children in Italy have been dressing up in scary costumes, filling themselves with pumpkin risotto and porcini mushrooms and playing practical jokes on people. Although Halloween is fairly new it does fall directly before 2 important holidays...

  • 5 Follador Facts


    So, how much do you know about Follador Prosecco? here are 5 tantalising titbits to remember about us while enjoying a glass of  Prosecco Superiore. 1. The story of Follador Prosecco started in 1769 when Giovanni Follador received the Wine Quality Award from the Doge of Venice, Alvise IVº Mocenigo. Since then the Follador family has followed in the footsteps of Giovanni,  setting a high quality...

  • World Pasta Day 2013


    Which food is as Italian as the drink Prosecco DOC? Pasta of course! The 25th October sees the celebration of this truly Italian food! Since 1995 World Pasta Day has been celebrated across the globe to demonstrate the uniqueness of pasta as a food.  It is consumed in 5 continents, is appropriate for a healthy lifestyle and is a versatile and ingredient capable of reaching many targets. Pasta is an ancient...

  • Truffle Fairs


    During the months of October and November truffle fairs are big business in Italy. Truffles are oddly shaped, warty looking fungi, but at the same time are one of the worlds most luxurious and prized delicacies, so something that works well with Follador Prosecco! There are two main types of truffle, the French black truffle and the . It is this white truffle that is the more valuable. (It can cost...

  • Prosecco Tasting Route: IV


    The next stage on our tour of the towns and villages of the Prosecco Tasting Trail brings us to Refrontolo; home to approximately 1,800  inhabitants and with the  patron saint of Santa Margherita. The territory of Refrontolo extends between a succession of hills with scenic prosecco vineyard landscapes along the valley. Refrontolo has a strong historical presence both in terms of its longevity...

  • Recipe of the Month: Fresh Pasta


    Our Bottle of the Month Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso  Brut is an excellent accompaniment to light pasta dishes. With this in mind, and looking forward to World Pasta  Day on the 25th October Follador Prosecco wanted to tell you how to make your very own pasta! Ingredients: 200g tipo '00' flour (farina di grano tenero) 2 medium-sized eggs Method: 1. Place all of the flour on a clean...

  • 5 Prosecco Facts


    For those evenings spent around the table, sipping on your favourite bottle of Follador Prosecco, here are 5 trivia facts, to amuse and interest your friends and dinner guests! 1.The history of Prosecco goes right back to ancient Rome. Pliny the Elder, the Roman writer describes Pucinum wine as one of the great wines at the tables of Roman dignitaries, they believed drinking  it gave them longer...

  • Bottle of the Month


    This month sees the final bottle in our regular Bottle of the Month series, and what a  better way to end than with the Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso  Brut. Taken from our classic range of Follador Prosecco this well structured and fine sparkling wine is made with the highest quality glera grapes. On sight the Prosecco is a bright straw yellow with a hint of greenish reflections. Fine and persistent...

  • Wine Tasting: Swirl & Smell


    After looking at colour and identifying the exact hue and appearance of your wine, the next stage in wine tasting is to swirl and then smell! The swirling of the glass releases the wine's aromas to the top edge of the glass and mixes with the air, allowing it to breathe.To correctly swirl the wine make sure that the glass is no more than a third or quarter full. Hold the glass carefully by the stem...

  • Prosecco tasting Route: No. 3


    After leaving the little village of Collabrigio the next phase of the Prosecco tasting trail heads  towards San Pietro di Feletto.  On the way you pass though Rua di San Pietro di Feletto, home to a 17th-century Camaldolese hermitage, now the town hall. This building dates back to 1670, although it was destroyed in the 19th century by Napoleon. Today the hermitage has been restored to its former...

  • Venice Film Festival


    The Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia) is the worlds oldest and most esteemed  celebration of film and is as much a part of Italy as Prosecco and pasta! The festival is an illustrious and important piece of Italy's history, with an impressive  journey through ill-renowned  Fascist influence, the birth of Italian neorealism, the onset of the swinging...

  • Recipe of the Month


    September's  Bottle of the Month is Cabernet Montello E Colli Asolani D.O.C. ‘Ca Dei Noni’ Riserva.   and in keeping with this our monthly Italian recipe is Costolette di Cervo or 'venison ribs'. Ingredients: 6 good quality venison chops; 250ml  white wine (or fruit vinegar); 2 cloves garlic, peeled; 100 ml virgin olive oil; 2 6-inch (15 cm) springs of rosemary Method: Allow 2 hours...

  • News from the Winery


    Here at the Follador Winery we are about to enter our busiest, most exciting and favourite time of the Prosecco making year; the grape - harvest! The grape - harvest takes place between the end of September and the start of October due to the ideal temperature and climate range in this timescale and sees the fulfillment of the years care, time and attention that has been lavished on the vines. Before...

  • Regata Storica


    The Regata Storica takes place on the 1st September in Venice and is the most spectacular and moving event in the annual "Voga alla Veneta" rowing calendar. Although the main event is the actual race, this event is well known for its pre-race procession up the Grand Canal, with dozens of  16th Century style boats, steered by gondoliers carry the Doge, and other esteemed Venetian officials in a vibrant...

  • Bottle of the Month


    It is the start of September and it is time for our regular Bottle of the Month. To see us towards the end of summer we are detailing our  Cabernet Montello E Colli Asolani D.O.C. 'Ca Dei Noni' Riserva.  The development of this ambrosial drink is a result of Gianfranco's travels in search of  the latest wine making techniques. The vineyards for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc varietals...

  • Wine Making Methods


    When it comes to the production of sparkling wines there are 2 different methods that result in 2 very different tastes; the Charmat Method and the Classic (or Traditional) Method. Although there are many variations in specific processes most sparkling wines use one of these methods for secondary fermentation. Classic Method: This involves a second fermentation taking place in an individual bottle....

  • Wine Tasting – Colour


    There are 5 definitive steps to tasting wine, which can be identified as 5 basic observations and activities: Color, Swirl, Smell, Taste, and Savor. This week we will be focusing on colour. Now we are not just talking about whether it is red, white or rose; there is a whole technique and vocabulary for discerning the exact hue and appearance of your wine. First hold your filled glass up in the air at a 45 degree...

  • Along the Prosecco Route (II)


    The next stage along the Prosecco Route after Conegliano brings you, via the beautiful vistas of the surrounding hills, to Collabrigo. This little village is situated on the first hills to the west after Conegliano, only 2km out of the city centre, and one of the many surprising and interesting villages scattered along the Prosecco Trail. They may be small but are steeped in history, tradition and wine-making! The...

  • Recipe of the Month


    As our ‘Bottle of the Month’ is Chardonnay Dei Colli Trevigiani, our chosen recipe for August is this very easy but  very sophisticated Anchovy, Sardine and Garlic dip. The fish in this appetizer is  the perfect accompaniment to our full-bodied chardonnay and whets the appetite before the main course. It also serves well as a canape or finger food for a more relaxed occasion. Ingredients: 350ml...

  • Palio di Siena


    August 16th means that Follador Prosecco will be sitting down with a glass of Prosecco Superiore to watch the second installment of this years 'Palio di Siena'! This historical horse race originated in the the medieval period when the Siena central square (Piazza del Campo) was host to public games. These games included  pugna, a form of combative boxing match or fight, jousting and bullfights. The...

  • What is Wine Tasting?


    Wine tasting is the art of using the senses to discover and appreciate wine. Using the basic senses one can learn to perceive the slightest nuances in the taste and aroma of wine and begin to appreciate the origin and journey from the grape to the finished the product. Wine tasting goes back in history almost as long as wine itself has been around. There is evidence to show that formalised wine...

  • Bottle of the Month


    August's 'Bottle of the Month' is our Chardonnay Dei Colli Trevigiani. This full bodied and elegant wine comes from the Follador Family vineyards in the area of Montello and Prosecco dei Colli Trevigiani - Veneto Region. These vineyards were strategically purchased in the early days of the family company and chosen for their Chardonnay varietals. Discerning grape selection, cryo-maceration and several...

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