Fact Sheet

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Location: San Donà di Piave, Province of Venice. Veneto, Italy.

The Canella family not only provides the world with fizz, fun and freshness from Canella Proseccos; they have also become masters at blending those zesty bubbles with succulent fruit in delectable, colorful cocktails –such as Bellini.

The story of Bellini begins in Venice, in the legendary setting of a world-famous artists’ café. One day in 1948, its owner decided to mix the fruity joy of perfect white peaches, the grapy sparkle of Prosecco spumante, and a whisper of wild raspberries. He called this Bellini for he loved music, and shared it with the many celebrities frequenting his bar. Ernest Hemingway, possibly one of the greatest American writer of the twentieth century, liked the cocktail so much he mentioned it in his book, “Over the River and Into the Trees”, and made Bellini a household word. It was not long before cocktail lovers and connoisseurs the world over knew the Bellini formula: two thirds Prosecco sparkling wine from the hills north of Venice, one third white peach juice with fresh fruit pulp, a few drops of raspberry juice.

For many years, the only true Bellini was sipped in Venice, where the authentic ingredients could be found – until one fine day in 1988, Canella founder Luciano decided he would be the first to successfully bottle Bellini. The Canellas decided to place an emphasis on freshness and in 2004, the Canellas surpassed themselves and actually planted their own, proprietary peach orchards at San Donà. Not just any peaches: the delicate Maria Bianca variety, characterized by its white, flavorsome flesh and ripened to perfection. Personally cultivating the fruit has given the family even greater quality control. The Maria Bianca’s combination of intense aromas and silky delicacy is maintained by means of gentle blending with Canella Prosecco and state-of-the-art technology and methods.