Empson USA Canella

Fact Sheet


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

Canella was founded in 1947 by Luciano Canella. The winery is located in San Donà di Piave and Luciano’s children, Alessandra, Lorenzo, Nicoletta, and Monica, now run the winery together with Tommaso, the first of the third generation.

Points of Differentiation

  • Ideally located near the appellation’s historical nucleus, Conegliano
  • One of the first families to set up a state-of-the-art winery specializing Prosecco
  • The altitude of the vineyards allows the grapes to ripen at a more gradual pace, resulting in intense fragrance and excellent acidity
  • The Canellas have been Prosecco pioneers and have become almost synonymous with Prosecco itself
  • Vinified and bottle continuously to provide superior freshness and quality

The History

The Canella winery, founded in 1947 after World War II by Luciano Canella. Luciano Canella’s parents owned a small, family-style restaurant in San Donà di Piave. When his father died Luciano and his sisters had to learn fast to help their mother with the restaurant thriving in spite of the difficulties of wartime.

Luciano worked hard and grew into an enterprising teenager blessed with a dynamic, creative disposition and a keen palate for wine. He began to search the surrounding areas for best wines to match his mother’s cuisine when he thought about creating his own wine. He put this idea into action and set up a state-of-the-art winery specializing in Prosecco.

Since then the Canellas have been Prosecco pioneers, as well as brilliant examples of Venetian creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. The brand and family of Canella come from the heart of the Conegliano appellation and have become almost synonymous with Prosecco itself.

Today, Luciano and his wife, Renata, have handed over control of the winery to their children: Alessandra, Lorenzo, Nicoletta, and Monica. Lorenzo, in turn, has brought his son, Tommaso, into the family business.

The Terroir

Canella is located near the appellation’s historical nucleus, Conegliano. The Canella vineyards are ideally located where the grapes ripen gradually resulting in an intense fragrance and distinctive acidity.

As of August 1st, 2009, wines may only be labeled Prosecco if they have been produced in specific zones of northeastern Italy and if they carry the Prosecco DOC designation. In turn, the historic core areas of Prosecco Conegliano- Valdobbiadene and Colli Asolani, were upgraded to DOCG designation at this time.