Yes, Prosecco, but where is it from?
In each glass, the identity of the territory


We have widespread roots


Prosecco isn’t simply a wine. Prosecco is above all a precisely-defined, distinctive growing area: the DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) takes in nine provinces, five in the Veneto region and four in Friuli, with the province of Treviso its heart, which in turn comprises a full two DOCGs (Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita), Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, the historic Prosecco production zone, and the more recent Asolo.


Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, where we live and work, comprises just 15 individual communes lying amidst hills of stunning beauty. Their gently-rolling slopes, descending from a series of ridges, or hogbacks, nourish a culture so distinctive that UNESCO named them as a World Heritage Site.
This ancient geological complex derives from seabeds uplifted when the African tectonic plate subducted under the European plate. Later, the Piave glacier and its lateral branches re-shaped a section of the hills and deposited sediments, which can be seen today as conglomerates of rock, clay, and iron ore. Where the glaciers did not intervene, seabed predominates, with dry, shallow soils of marl and sandstones.




This complex geological composition offers a significant diversity in sub-soils, elevations, aspects to sunlight, and, as a consequence, in meso- and micro-climates. The most outstanding example is the Cartizze, a small pentagon-shaped area of 107 hectares within the heart of the Valdobbiadene denomination that had long been famed as a truly unique terroir. For that reason, local wine producers created its first Disciplinare di Produzione (Production Code) in 1969.
2019 brought the recognition of fully 43 further micro-zones, the Rive, a dialect term indicating vineyards lying on the famous hills with “heroic” viticulture, whose slopes are incredibly steep, at times nearly vertical. On the wine label, “Rive di…”, followed by the name of the commune or village, means that the grapes are grown exclusively in hillslope vineyards in this precise zone, and are picked exclusively by hand in the growing year on the label. It follows that the wines grown in these micro-zones are different expressions of the same grape variety, Glera. This grape has successfully adapted itself to a range of strikingly different soils and sub-soils, climates and elevations, yielding in each place, year after year, results that are surprisingly individual. This does not mean that the resultant wines are of better or lesser quality, but that each is truly individual and inimitable.
Today, winegrowers can go one step farther in precision-locating their source, by registering in the Elenco Regionale delle Vigne (Regional Vineyard List) the specific source vineyard, with its name or toponym, and map coordinates. Two examples of our own Rive are the historic Vigneto Giardino, from Rive di Colbertaldo, and our Col Credas, from Rive di Farra di Soligo.


Adami’s pyramid of excellence


Col Credas, Vigneto Giardino, Cartizze

Bosco di Gica, Dei Casel, Col Fondo


Rive di Farra di Soligo DOCG
Rive di Colbertaldo DOCG
Cartizze DOCG
1 common
Valdobbiadene DOCG
15 communes
Prosecco DOC Treviso
95 communes
Prosecco DOC
556 communes


Adami’s pyramid of excellence


I vini Adami: Col Credas, Vigneto Giardino, Cartizze

Rive di Farra di Soligo DOCG,
Rive di Colbertaldo DOCG,
Cartizze DOCG.
1 comune

I vini Adami: Bosco di Gica, Dei Casel, Col Fondo

Valdobbiadene DOCG.
15 comuni

I vini Adami: Garbèl

Prosecco DOC Treviso.
95 comuni
Prosecco DOC.
556 comuni

Vigneto Giardino (Giardino Vineyard)


Adami Vigneto Giardino b

Vigneto Giardino (Giardino Vineyard), in Colbertaldo, is the origin of everything. Abele Adami purchased it in 1920, but its historic roots go back to at least 1700. This south-facing, naturally conch-shaped vineyard, which never fails to delight the eye, is probably the very first single-vineyard Prosecco in the entire denomination. Vigneto Giardino was exhibited, labelled Riva Giardino Asciutto, at the first Mostra dei Vini Tipici d’Italia (Exhibition of Traditional Italian Wines) in Siena in August 1933. The vines cling to chestnut support posts, and the vine-rows snake dramatically across the hillslope contours, as is customary on these steep slopes. Rigorous, unceasing vineyard operations underscore and promote the individuality of this cru. Since 2009, some 2,000 cuttings per year have been sourced from Vigneto Giardino for new plantings elsewhere on the hill. This process ideally exemplifies what Adami characterises as its macedónia: a complex, pronounced, but not repetitive impression on the nose of a harvest-box of crisp, fresh-picked fruit.

Col Credas (Col Credas Vineyard)


Adami vigneto Col Credas b

Pride, passion, and courage are the values that impelled the viticulturists to climb up to Credazzo, in the shadow of the towers that for 1000 years now have testified to the grape-growers’ familiarity and sense of belonging to this growing area. An innate calling to this work and an expert confidence in vine-tending are the keys to unlocking the secrets of a vineyard, principles possessed only by those who are ready to show respect for the vineyard’s inclination, its silence, and its trust. These steep, rugged slopes are the key to quality in these zones both today and in the future as well. Within the Rive, Col Credas refers to the toponym Credazzo, a hillslope area in the commune of Farra di Soligo known for its abundance of clay in the soil, creda in the local dialect. A single-vineyard Rive, Col Credas offers breadth, intensity, and balance, with a subtle florality, supported on the palate by an elegant, remarkably dry and clean finish.