Il Follo

Italy, Veneto

Luca Follador represents the younger generation at this estate and his introduction of a less expensive range of Prosecco 'Frizzante' wines (which are not DOC) has been a great success including in the USA.

Allegedly on his first trip to the States he arrived at his distributor's office in NY to present the wines to their clients, unshaven, in tight blue jeans and a very tight white T-shirt, because he said, 'this is what the girls like!'. These are fun wines, but very good quality too.

A wine merchant worth their salt will have ferreted out something interesting and well worth the money. Ideally selecting a family estate that has been quietly making quality stuff since long before the Prosecco bonanza. Follador is one such family. ‘Follare l’uva’ is local dialect for ‘to press grapes and make wine’ which this family have been doing for generations. When I tasted the wine from this estate, I felt I had to write about them for those equally disenchanted by their supermarket offering of prosecco. The Follador’s estate is called Il Follo after a small village in the prime DOCG region of Valdobbiadene, where the family have both their winery and their finest vineyard Villa Luiga. At the helm are Luca, Maria and Marta. Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing  (Mar 2019)