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Not Only Bubbles in the Future of Cantina Le Manzane

Ernesto Balbinot announced it in advance at WineCouture, in the video interview from Paris on the occasion of the first international wine event of 2024, Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris, where the company from San Pietro di Feletto was present within the large Italian line-up below the Eiffel Tower, now comes the officialization of new horizons that go beyond the bubbles of the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. Le Manzane looks to the future with the new hectares of the Treviso estate which will not be used for the cultivation of Glera grapes, but of Incrocio Manzoni or Manzoni Bianco and Merlot. Furthermore, still on the subject of still wine, the big news at the beginning of 2024 is the long-term lease agreement signed by the Balbinot family for 12.5 hectares of Pinot Grigio Doc delle Venezie.

Pinot Grigio Doc delle Venezie, Incrocio Manzoni and Merlot: the future is also in still wines for Le Manzane

Among the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, “home” of the most consumed Italian wine in the world, the Balbinot family expands its production with new references and opens up to wine tourism with experiences in the vineyard and in the cellar.

New views in the land of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Docg to satisfy the demands of the overseas market on the one hand and to anticipate consumer choices on the other.

The winery, in fact, has recently planted approximately 3 hectares of property with cuttings of Incrocio Manzoni or Manzoni Bianco and Merlot. Furthermore, it has entered into a long-term leasing agreement for 12.5 hectares of Pinot Grigio Doc Delle Venezie.

“Incrocio Manzoni”, explains Ernesto Balbinot, owner of Le Manzane, “is a native grape to which I am particularly attached and which we already produce, in small quantities, in the classic version with aging in steel, but which in my opinion opinion it also lends itself well to being refined in wood or other containers. We are, in fact, trying refinements in different types of tonneaux and in egg-shaped concrete tanks to understand the evolution of the product over time.”

Pinot Grigio Doc delle Venezie, Incrocio Manzoni and Merlot: the future is also in still wines for Cantina Le Manzane,

“We finally presented, at the end of 2023, the first 2 thousand bottles of Incrocio Manzoni obtained from grapes fermented and aged in wood, an unfiltered white wine that we called Sabbiato. This wine will be accompanied by a Merlot which is currently resting in wood; here too we are experimenting because I would like to obtain an elegant wine, with character, but not excessively robust”.

But these are not the only news at Le Manzane.

“The choice to also cultivate Pinot Grigio – continues Balbinot – has multiple facets. First of all, Pinot Grigio Doc delle Venezie is a very important product in overseas markets such as North America where the winery is not present, markets that we would like to penetrate; furthermore, the Doc delle Venezie Pinot Grigio, in such difficult years, has managed to maintain a positive trend with almost 5 million more bottles sold in 2023, a growth that gives hope for the future. Another aspect not to be underestimated is the ripening period of the bunches which allows vinifications not concomitant with the Glera grape”.