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26 Apr

Phenomenal Proseccos

By: Justine Teal Categories: Stock Updates, Wines

Our new shipment from Nino Franco from Valdobbiadene, Italy has arrived, including some new wines from the highest-rated producer of Prosecco!

Nino Franco began in the 20th century with Antonio Franco, who was a wine merchant, and was continued by his son Giovanni, known as Nino, who carried out the first vinification operations. But it was the “quiet revolution” of Primo Franco, Antonio’s grandson, that brought the wind of change. His signature Prosecco wines, which he personally created according to his taste, opened the doors of the best restaurants in the world for him.

Primo inherited the winery in 1982 and became a pioneer of Prosecco. He introduced a new kind of sparkling to the world by creating Prosecco wines based on his palate, driving inspiration from his experiences and travels. He began traveling through Italy and abroad to introduce the culture of Prosecco to the world.  Later, ‘Primo Franco’ was born, the first Prosecco to bear the vintage and the producer’s signature on the label. This is the revolutionary wine that marked the birth of a new era for signature Prosecco.

Today, more than a century after Antonio founded the business, Nino Franco remains a family-ran company with Primo, his wife Annalisa, and their daughter Silvia collaborating to bring the culture of signature Prosecco to the world and work on production, strategy, and management together.

The “truth” of Nino Franco wines lies in the personalities of Primo and Silvia who combine their personal tastes with their passion for winemaking, art, and travelling. There is a simple philosophy behind Nino Franco’s wines: No wine deserves to wait before being opened. It must be as good today as it will be in a decade.

The grapes of Nino Franco come entirely from the territory of the Valdobbiadene Denomination. They are harvested by hand and vinified within the historical area of Prosecco, recognized by the disciplinary as the pinnacle of high-quality production.

Nino Franco has been producing Prosecco from single vineyards since 1990, a conscious direction aimed at attaining high-quality production and has tightly bond the sparkling wines to the territory origin. The disciplinary recognizes this as a historical production area that produces high-quality grapes, the only place where Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Docg can be produced.

The Wines

NV Nino Franco ‘Rustico’ Prosecco

94 pts – Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast): This lovely sparkler never disappoints. It’s fragrant, with delicate scents of white spring flowers and white stone fruits while the dry, refreshing palate offers ripe pear, apple and white peach alongside a hint of fennel seed. An elegant perlage and fresh acidity provide the backdrop.

2021 Nino Franco ‘Primo Franco’ Prosecco

91 pts – Jeff Porter (Wine Enthusiast): Lively and vibrant from the first pour, this wine shows why Nino Franco is a leading Prosecco producer. Aromas of Pink Lady apples, tropical fruits and candied ginger intermingle with distinct minerality. The palate is creamy with a soft mousse highlighting orchard fruits with a touch of candied citrus.

2019 Nino Franco ‘Nodi’ Prosecco

93 pts – Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast): Aromas of fragrant spring flowers and orchard fruits lead the nose. On the compelling palate, rather fresh acidity and an elegant perlage accompany ripe pear, peach and a hint of lemon drop candy.

2016 Nino Franco ‘Grave di Stecca’ Prosecco

95 pts – Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast): Light and airy, this lovely sparkler has inviting aromas of ripe white stone fruit, spring blossoms and baking spice. On the dry, foaming palate, an elegant perlage and fresh acidity accompany ripe yellow apple, Bartlett pear, vanilla pastry cream and a hint of white almond.


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