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Glera: A journey through the world of this enchanting grape variety
Immerse yourself in the history and diversity of the Glera grape variety
Glera is a white grape variety that is native to Italy. It originates from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and has been cultivated there for centuries. The grape variety is also known as Prosecco, which was used as a synonym for Glera until 2009. The Glera grape variety is therefore known as the heart of the popular Prosecco. It has an exciting history and a unique character. From its origin to the necessary climatic conditions, we take you on a journey through the world of the Glera grape.
Origin and history: the roots of the Glera grape variety
The Glera grape variety has its roots in the north-eastern Italian region of Veneto, more precisely in the province of Treviso. Historically, this grape variety was first mentioned in the 18th century and has been used for the production of sparkling wines ever since. Originally known as Prosecco, the Glera grape variety was only officially given its current name in 2009.
Cultivation and distribution: in which regions does the Glera grape thrive best?
The Glera grape variety feels particularly at home in the rolling hills of northern Italy. The Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions are known for their optimal climatic conditions and soils. These offer ideal conditions for the growth and ripening of Glera grapes.
Climatic requirements and the nature of the soil: the perfect setting for Glera
Glera prefers mild climates with sufficient sunshine and well-drained soil. The hilly landscapes of northern Italy offer precisely these conditions, allowing the Glera grape to develop its characteristic freshness and fruitiness.
Vinification and wine diversity: the many facets of Glera wines
Glera grapes are mainly used for the production of Prosecco. Prosecco is a sparkling wine that is appreciated all over the world for festive occasions. The range extends from dry and extra dry to sweet varieties. The sparkling freshness is always in the foreground.
Taste profile and character: a hint of freshness and fruitiness
Glera wines are characterized by their lively acidity, fine perlage and fruity aromas. Notes of green apple, pear and delicate floral notes give these wines a special character that delights the senses.
Perfect accompaniment: Which dishes harmonize with Glera wines?
Glera wines are the ideal accompaniment to light starters, seafood and mild cheeses. Their refreshing profile makes them an excellent choice for convivial moments and as an aperitif.
Ageing and production: the art of Glera winemaking
The traditional method of tank fermentation is often used to create the characteristic perlage of Glera wines. Careful control of the temperature during fermentation and gentle pressing of the grapes contribute to the quality and finesse of these wines.
More facts about Glera: A special grape variety
Designation: The designation "Prosecco" was abandoned for Glera as a protected designation of origin in order to strengthen authenticity and quality control.
Varietal diversity: In addition to Prosecco, there is also still Glera wine, which underlines the versatility of this grape variety.
Glera worldwide: The popularity of Glera has led to this grape variety now also being cultivated outside Italy. For example in Australia and the USA.
Things to know about Glera
Where does the name Glera come from? The name comes from a Latin term for "green", alluding to the green color of the grapes.
What alternatives are there to Prosecco made from Glera? Glera is also used for the production of still wines, which are an interesting alternative to sparkling wines.
How long should Glera wines be stored? Glera wines should generally be drunk young to preserve their freshness and fruitiness. Do not store them for too long.
Is there organic Glera wine? Yes, many winegrowers opt for organic cultivation in order to preserve the natural quality of the Glera grapes.
What is the best temperature for drinking Glera wines? Glera wines develop their aroma best at a serving temperature of between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius.
Where can you buy Glera wines? Glera wines are available in well-stocked specialist shops or online, e.g. at VINELLO.
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