Wine of the Day: Valdo Brut Rose

Fragrant and fun, Valdo Floral Brut Rose ($20) is a non-traditional Italian blend of 75% Nerello Mascalese and 25% Glera. Glera is commonly used in the production of sparkling wine, as this is the variety of Prosecco. But the Nerello Mascalese isn’t one we usually see used in bubbles as the classically Sicilian variety, commonly grown at high elevations on Mt. Etna as the iron-rich, volcanic soils are ideally suited for producing light, floral, still wines from the variety.

Begun 95 years ago, Valdo was started by Societa Anonima Vini Superiori and purchased by the Bolla Family in the 1940s. Located in the rolling hillside around Trevino in the heart of Prosecco, in the foothills of the Alps with over 60% (or 297 acres) designated DOCG status, the best in the region.

With Valdo Floral Brut Rose the winery takes Glera from their well-established Prosecco vineyards and blends with Nerello Mascalese from Sicily. The resulting Vino Spumante wine is aromatic, balanced, and smooth. The wine opens with fruity, floral aromas of wild strawberry, dried wildflowers, and crushed blackberries, followed by raspberry, pomegranate, and blackberry flavors with a nice earthiness that rounds out the palate, keeping it interesting. #Cheers