Nino Franco 2015 Grave di Stecca

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Grave di Stecca is a single vineyard Prosecco made by our favourite producer Nino Franco. The grapes are sourced from a walled-in (like a Clos in Burgundy) vineyard of the name same: 2.4 hectares in the commune of Valdobbiadene, situated at the foot of Mount Cesen.

The wine is made slightly differently to the majority Prosecco Superiore. The base wine spends several months on in lees in tank with batonnage, until the spring when it goes through its secondary fermentation in an autoclave (sealed, pressurised tank) where it spends 30 days. The wine is then bottled given extended ageing before release.

The resulting wine is so different from conventional Prosecco Superiore that the DOCG did not allow it. This does not matter to us. What is important is the quality, and this is just superb. This is a seven-year-old Prosecco, so, pretty far from being conventional. It is dry (7g/l more or less) , savoury, complex and due to the lees ageing it has a delicate creaminess to the palate. That being said, it is Prosecco, just not in the way that you would expect: certainly not Metodo Classico in style. It has the fruitiness and aromatics of stoned fruits, baked apples, white flowers and crisp minerality.

Grape Varieties

100% Glera


Drink 2022 - 2026



Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 12%

The Wine Region



Veneto is the largest of Italy's vineyards covering a large part of NE Italy from the Alps to the north to the fertile plains of the Po River basin in the south. It is no surprise the the best vineyards are on the slopes with the industrial wine coming from the flats. This region is the home of some of the country's most famous DOCs Soave, Valpolicella and Prosecco to name a few. Soave and Valpolicella are next door neighbours and are both composed of limestone and basaltic formations. Soave is potentially one of Italy's great white wines: a regions that is exploring its zones in developing a cru system. Valpolicella is already established as one of the great sources of red wines in the north of Italy reaching its peak with the very best producers of Amarone.

Prosecco has undergone one of the biggest booms to occur anywhere in the world of wine. From humble beginnings which was essentially just two communes, Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, Prosecco has spread like wildfire across the plains and hills of NE Italy.

The Producer

Nino Franco

Nino Franco

Nino Franco has been making fine Proseccos from vineyards in Valdobbiadene since 1919. Primo Franco is now the third generation, and is, for us, unequivocally the best producer of Prosecco. Primo only uses Glera grapes from the 'Rive' (named single vineyards) in Valdobbiadene, right in the heart of the original Prosecco vineyards, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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