Perlage was created in 1985 when the seven Nardi brothers, with their parents’ advice and encouragement, embarked on an organic and biodynamic farming adventure. They began by converting the family estate in the heart of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superior appellation (DOCG) into organic farming. Perlage is now certified organic by the Demeter Biodynamic Trade Association and the Nardi brothers continue to push the limits to produce quality wines while minimizing the impact on the environment. Beyond the efforts made in the vineyard, other initiatives such as solar panels and a waste materials recycling program demonstrate a willingness to work in a healthy environment respectful of nature.
The Nardi brothers’ philosophy is based on the principles of biodynamic agriculture. The objective is to develop a collaborative relationship and an optimal integration between organisms living in the surrounding nature and those in the vineyards. It is essential to maintain and develop this complex balance between the plants, microorganisms and insects to produce quality fruit and a final product representative of the terroir.
The Conegliano Valdobbiadene appellation is located 65 km north of Venice and lies between the town of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene on the hills of the province of Treviso, in north-eastern Veneto. Because of the region’s steep slopes mechanical work in the vineyard is challenging which encourages a manual approach, more respectful and less invasive for the environment. Here, aromatic white wines dominate the wine production and it is on this soil that the best Prosecco (sparkling white wine) is produced. In addition to the indigenous grape varieties unique to the region, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet can give surprising results when grown and vinified by good winemakers.
There is, in Treviso, a dynamic, peaceful and balanced co-existence between man and nature. Everything seems to fit perfectly into this picturesque scenery: green hills, morainal soils of volcanic origin, acute slopes and winemakers who have for generations worked the land with dedication and affection.