Adami

Santo Stefano, Italy

In the year 1920, amidst the aftermath of World War I, Abele “Casel” Adami, a grapegrower in Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene, made an auspicious purchase. He acquired a magnificent, conch-shaped vineyard from Conte Balbi Valier, brimming with promise and beauty. This acquisition marked a fresh beginning for Abele and his children, who were known locally as “I Casei.”

Abele Adami had a visionary idea: to separate this vineyard from the others, just as he had done with the renowned Cartizze vineyard. It was a rare intuition, an ability to discern and understand the soul of places destined to produce exceptional wines, capturing nature’s whispers. The result was unprecedented in the history of the region—a pair of single-vineyard crus bearing the names of their townships: Riva Giardino Asciutto and Riva Cartizze Asciutto.

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The Vigneto Giardino, inherited by Adriano Adami, fondly known as “Jano Casel,” became an integral part of the family’s winemaking legacy. Subsequent generations dedicated themselves to elevating the art of oenology to the highest standards, gaining recognition across Europe in the early 1980s through the efforts of Armando and Franco, and later on the international stage.

Today, the Adami family’s fourth generation—Fabrizio, Claudio, and Cristina—actively contributes to the winemaking tradition. Their exploration of new markets has extended the brand’s reach to four continents. Over the years, Adami’s viticultural achievements and international accolades have brought together experts, wine enthusiasts, and industry professionals, creating a journey rich in opportunities where excellence consistently triumphs.

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The legacy built over a century is not only a testament to the family but also to the growing area and the local community. It represents a heritage that only a hundred years of history can shape. Valdobbiadene’s complex geological composition offers remarkable diversity in sub-soils, elevations, sunlight exposure, and consequently, meso- and micro-climates.

One outstanding example is Cartizze, a small pentagon-shaped area within the heart of the Valdobbiadene denomination, long renowned for its unique terroir. In 1969, local wine producers established the first Production Code, known as “Disciplinare di Produzione,” specifically for Cartizze.

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In 2019, a significant milestone was reached with the recognition of 43 additional micro-zones called “Rive.” This dialect term refers to vineyards situated on the famous hills, requiring “heroic” viticulture due to their steep, almost vertical slopes. When a wine label bears the term “Rive di…,” followed by the name of the commune or village, it signifies that the grapes are exclusively grown in hillslope vineyards within that specific zone and handpicked in the same year indicated on the label.

These micro-zones represent diverse expressions of the Glera grape variety. Glera has proven its adaptability to different soils, sub-soils, climates, and elevations. Year after year, it yields remarkably individual results from each place. This uniqueness does not imply varying quality levels but rather showcases the distinct character and inimitability of each wine.

Today, winegrowers have the opportunity to pinpoint the exact source of their grapes by registering their specific vineyard names or toponyms, along with map coordinates, in the Elenco Regionale delle Vigne (Regional Vineyard List). Among Adami’s own Rive examples are the historic Vigneto Giardino from Rive di Colbertaldo.

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Adami Wines

  • Garbel Prosecco Treviso Brut

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  • Dry Vigneto Giardino Rive di Colbertaldo

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  • Bosco di Gica Brut

    Glera Chardonnay

  • Col Credas Rive di Farra di Soligo Brut

    Glera

  • Dry Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Cartizze DOCG

    Glera

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