Why the rhombus is vital to Prosecco’s history

10th May, 2016 by Darren Smith

The rhombus-shaped Bellussera vine training system is an integral part of the history of Prosecco – a history consumers should be made more aware of, insists one of the region’s leading producers.

The Bellussera system trains vines in what appears as an intricate series a rhomboid shapes, which facilitates even sun exposure. Once common in north-east Italy, it is now rare (Photo: Ca’ Di Rajo)

The Bellussera system is an overhead vine growing method invented in the late 1800s by the Bellussi brothers in Tezze di Piave, Treviso. It was introduced in an attempt to prevent grape diseases.

The system grew popular all over north-eastern Italy but in modern times, as Prosecco has become more industrialised, it has been almost completely replaced by systems more suited to mechanical farming.

Few people outside of the Treviso….

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