As summer approaches, reach for the classic Italian proseccos of Atilius, world-class wines that offer a great alternative to champagne during the balmy months ahead.
From niche to new sparkling norm, prosecco has been exponentially rising in popularity over the past few years, leaving champagne looking a bit flat. Prosecco provides the best sparkling choice, combining everything there is to love about a good fizz at a brilliant value point so you can indulge a bit more, a bit more often.
Elegant and light in alcohol, the Italian sparkler charms the palate with its distinctive style – floral and fruity in taste, refreshing and creamy in texture. Its versatility adds to its appeal, making it great as a standalone aperitif or excellent as a cocktail base.
Within the world of prosecco, there are regional differences tied to various tiers of strictly regulated quality. These differentiate the mainstream DOC classification from superior DOCG bubbles – which can only be produced in two regions, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene and the smaller Asolo.
An hour’s drive from Venice, the hills of Asolo accounts for about 7% of the official prosecco production area yet the region has everything working in its favour: ideal altitude peaking at 450m, sunny, south-facing slopes and exceptional rich soil. This ecosystem generates a gentle ripening process and an excellent range of flavours and minerality for Glera, the prosecco varietal.
Encapsulating the quality-driven philosophy of the region, Atilius is a brand that has been championing the category in Asia and beyond with its Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG, which easily stacks up against champagne. Focused on low yield, following strict cultivation and production protocol, the brand’s hand-harvested grapes develop beautiful aromas of pear, tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers.
The result is a supple and remarkable expression of prosecco that stands out with its lively and persistent perlage, complex minerality and strong dry body, which makes it suitable for food pairing. With an appealing price point, Atilius Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG, made 100% of Glera, can be enjoyed whenever the mood strikes (and is not limited to celebratory occasions) without trading the luxury and sparkles of a glass of bubbly. With its fruit-forward and acidic qualities, it also lends itself very well to timeless aperitivo classics such as spritz or bellinis.
Besides featuring a range of Italy’s most iconic still and sparkling wines, such as its award-winning Chianti DOCG and Super Tuscan, the brand unearths niche, unclassified wine expressions, unique in style and uncompromising in quality. For example, equally fit for a day of casual lounging or endless evening festivities, Atilius sparkling collection shines a light on up and coming favourites: a crispy spumante brut, with an intriguing palate of bread crust, white flowers and green apple finishing on a zesty and dry note; a dry and vibrant sparkling rosé, with a predominance of red berries and subtle floral notes; and finally, a Moscato, low in alcohol and generously fruity perfect with desserts yet brilliant as an aperitif.
Celebrating Italy’s life-loving spirit and the tasteful style it is renowned for, the bottles have a sleek allure, dressed in a monochrome metallic look, and emblazoned with an intricate logo that harks back to the brand’s passion and origins. Inspired by tradition and made for the modern-day, Atilius Wines are not your everyday old-world relic and are instead focused on world-class Italian wine expressions yet stirring away from conventions, with an effortless bold appeal.
Experience the authentic Italian Aperitivo with Atilius, in three cocktail classics:
Atilius Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG is light and floral, with lively minerality and bubbles suitable for the iconic Venetian Spritz.
3 parts Atilius Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG
2 parts Aperol Spritz
1 part Soda Water
In a large wine glass, put ice then add Aperol, Atilius Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG and finish with a splash of soda water.
Garnish with a slice of orange.
A crisp and dry sparkling, Atilius Festa Brut Spumante has notes of bread crust that pair well with aromatic ripe and juicy peaches.
1 bottle of Atilius Festa Brut Spumante, chilled
4 to 5 medium ripe peaches (or about 700g frozen)
Purée: Peel, remove the pits and slice the peaches. Blend until smooth and refrigerate. If using later, freeze peaches first, then let defrost overnight in the fridge before blending.
The drink: Pour peach purée into a flute, fill up halfway with Atilius Festa Brut Spumante and gently stir before topping with prosecco with a ratio of 1:2 purée to prosecco.
Atilius’ version of the Rossini replaces strawberries with raspberries, the freshness and sweet undertones of which complement the subtle floral notes of the sparkling rosé.
Atilius Bellla Sparkling Rosé
60g of fresh raspberries (15-18 pieces)
20g of sugar (4 teaspoons)
Purée: Wash the berries, blend with the sugar and ice until smooth
The drink: Fill the flute halfway with purée, add a splash of Atilius
Sparkling Rosé first and gently stir, before topping off the glass with prosecco.
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