A brief history
Since 1769 when Giovanni Follador received the Wine Quality Award from the Doge of Venice, Alvise IV Mocenigo, the Follador family has humbly followed their passion, setting the standard for Italian wines made with great care and devotion. Gianfranco Follador, Giovanni’s descendant, has been responsible for the winery’s change in direction toward sparkling wines.
As one of the original families in the Valdobbiadene area to move into the sparkling arena, Gianfranco, along with his wife Italia, have continued a tradition of quality, passion and wine-making excellence. Follador’s Prosecco lines are the hallmark of great sparkling wines. Offering tiny, persistent bubbles, full-bodied flavor and a fine, dry finish, they are the result of superior wine-making skills that has been passed down for more than 2 centuries.
Gianfranco Follador shares his passion for viticulture and his propensity for excellence with the whole family, made up of his wife Italia Rossi and four children Michele, Mariacristina, Francesca and Emanuela.
After a glorious past, the Follador company is a dynamic and cosmopolitan reality, respectful of its values and always proactive towards the most advanced winemaking technologies.
Gianfranco has managed to share his passion for wine and his tenacious belief in working exclusively for quality to the whole family: Italia Rossi (his wife) and their four children Michele, Mariacristina, Francesca and Emanuela, who have inherited this belief and turned it into a principle of life. Neither stuck in the past nor daunted by modernity, they’ve quietly gone about marrying traditional vineyard cultivation with the latest production techniques to create wines that are highly respected among their peers.
The winery located in Col San Martino covers an area of 8 hectares, divided into three areas: fermentation, bottling, and cellars. The entire process of production, from harvest to bottling, is done on the property.
Part of our underground wine cellars is reserved for the maturing barrels of the red “Ca’ dei Noni” Cabernet wine. This “Barricaia” offers perfect conditions for aging such a complex wine. Barrels are made strictly from best French and American oak. Due to increasing interest in our wines, we’ve created a tasting room to welcome visitors. The elegant environment welcomes wine enthusiasts along the “Route of the Prosecco”. For special events and guided tours we serve excellent traditional food to accompany our wines.