(By Kate Carlisle) Rome, May 6 - For Veneti (those from the region of Veneto), Prosecco is part of their past, present and most certainly future. Prosecco has risen to become one of the most widely produced wines in the areas of Valdobbiadene, Conegliano and the other 13 municipalities in the province of Treviso that make up the DOC designated area. Some 5,000 hectares of Glera-grape vineyards, 3,000 small-scale growers and 460 winemakers are dedicated to putting sparkle into our lives. And one in particular, Collalto, will be adding flash to the ANSA photography exhibit in New York May 11-25 as sponsors of the show. Collalto's estate straddles the two capitals of Prosecco production - Conegliano and Valdobbiadene - where 90% of the bubbles come from. Prosecco harkening from these hills is especially characterized by intense olfactory notes of herbs and white flowers, and a pleasant freshness on the palate. Conte Collalto (or Count Collalto) is one of the most historic producers from the area, founded in 958, and stands out for its long history, quality and its innovative search for new blends. Out of the estate's 150 acres of property, 65 are dedicated to the production of Brut, Extra Dry, Dry Millesimato and 'Sparkling' Prosecco. Run by the family's oldest daughter Isabella Collalto de Croy, the winery's focus remains steady on keeping Prosecco at the centre of its production universe. A total of 250 acres of property yield 550,000 bottles of Prosecco Superiore DOCG or 1.5 million liters each year for export around the world and especially to the United States where the fragrant bubbles have become a market darling. Isabella and her husband, Belgian Prince Guillaume de Croy, run a tight ship tethered by "unwavering commitment and tenacity," the family says. With the prince continuing in his 20th year as staff interpreter for EU institutions in Brussels, Isabella took on the responsibilities of the family business in 2007, dividing her time between Belgium, where her family still lives, and Susegana, where the business is centered. Gossip has it that American actress Cameron Diaz has become such a fan that she has bottles of Prosecco Extra Dry Collalto shipped to her home in Los Angeles after discovering its pleasures while filming in Florida - one of the producer's biggest consumer markets in the United States. "I want the Collalto wines and sparkling wines to exhibit those qualities of drinkability and elegance that should always characterise the wines produced in our zone of the Conegliano area," Isabella says on her estate's Website.
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