Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene is a small village set in the vine-chequered mosaic of the Prosecco hills. Le Colture has grown wines here since the 1500s; it's a family business which is fruit of a never-failing commitment of an effective, finely-meshed family team in which every member, each in his/her own way, is directly involved in the entire winemaking process. The sparkling wine business started in 1983, when Cesare Ruggeri launched its entry into the field of sparkling wines, and today it boasts an extraordinary heritage of expertise--know-how spread over a vast array of its own production secrets, both great and small; a deep understanding of its entire growing area and its vineyards; and an inborn sensitivity to the health and well-being of each vineyard.
For some years now, Cesare’s three children, Silvia, Alberto, and Veronica, have been intensely involved in winery activities, bringing to its operation a surge of enthusiasm and the invaluable innovative spirit characteristic of the young generations, without however forgetting love for their own land and respect for winemaking traditions.
The estate vineyards, totalling a full 40 hectares, are not at all a common feature of the denomination but are a distinctive feature of this operation. They do not all lie near the winery, but are distributed among 16 farm properties in the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano areas and in that of Montello.
This makes possible the creation of wines with ultra-distinctive personalities that reflect the specific characteristics innate in the soils and weather conditions of very uncommon terroirs.
Le Colture's wine production includes sparkling wines, sparkling wines and red wines. Le Colture sparkling wines are the flagship labels of the winery and they are obtained only from the processing of Glera grapes, coming almost exclusively from the family vineyards located in the Valdobbiadene DOCG classification, harvested exclusively by hand and processed according to the dictates of the Charmat Method with refermentation in autoclave at controlled temperature.