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Winemakers sing about '9 Symphony' Prosecco

Music-enhanced bubbles debut at Vinitaly

Winemakers sing about '9 Symphony' Prosecco

(By Kate Carlisle) Verona, April 3 - When crooner Don Ho composed his Tiny Bubbles tune (later immortalized by Liberace), he might not have been singing to lovers of the joyfully effervescent Prosecco. But one particular producer of the much-loved sparkling wine made in the region of Veneto believes her Prosecco is something to sing about...and to. On April 7, makers of Ninth Symphony (Nona Sinfonia) Prosecco are ready to pop the cork and debut the first vintage produced to the sound of music. In the halls of VeronaFiere at the 47th edition of Vinitaly, one of the world's largest and most important wine fairs, violins and harps will play Beethoven and greet enthusiasts bellying up to the region of Veneto stand ready to see if a grape grows just a little sweeter when serenaded. Every year more than 4,000 exhibitors take part in Vinitaly in the northern city of Verona that brings together around 150,000 manufacturers, importers, distributors and wine lovers from around the world. For Veneti (those from the region of Veneto), Prosecco is part of their past, present and most certainly, future. Since at least 1937 when cultivation of the Glera grape used to make Prosecco was production-wise bottom of the rung, the noble little fruit has risen to become the most widely grown grape in areas of Valdobbiadene, Conegliano and the other thirteen municipalities in the province of Treviso. Some 5,000 hectares of vineyards, 3,000 small-scale growers and 460 wine-makers are dedicated to putting sparkle into our lives. With the premiere of the Ninth Symphony, the young winemaker Claudia Adami hopes to put her mark on a unique product that transmits the influence of musical harmony on wine. Adami worked with agronomists and oenologists to create the Prosecco that has been gently lulled from the fields to the bottle. The same three harpists and two violinists of the Cornuda Philharmonic orchestra who accompanied the entire production process at the Adami cellars will play for the stand's visitors. "This event is one of the many innovative initiatives showcasing the winemaking tradition of the Veneto region, which exports wines that make up 30.8% of total national exports," Veneto Regional Councilor Marino Finozzi said. A UK and US market darling, Prosecco is a splendid expression of light and elegance. Adami, who comes from a winemaking family and is one of the region's youngest producers at 22 years old, promises to pour a Prosecco with decisive perlage and a creamy, fresh, musical palate.

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