The Bellini, the cocktail of Venice, is an aperitif made up of three parts of Brut sparkling wine, one part of juice and pulp of the white peaches and a few drops of raspberry that give it the characteristic pink color.
The white peaches, controlled in the Italian supply chain directly by the Canella family, are harvested only when they have reached perfect ripeness, in order to obtain the maximum concentration of sugars and natural aromas.
A DISTINCT FLAVOR
Bellini’s secret is the white peaches which the Canella family looks after all yearlong to make sure they are picked at the right time. They must be ripe, sweet, and juicy, with soft yet compact pulp and intoxicating aromas.
To make this cocktail, we use three parts Prosecco Brut,one part juice and pulp of white peaches, and a few drops of raspberry juice, which is the secret to its iconic and elegant pink color.
A fresh, light, and incredibly aromatic aperitif to be enjoyed very cold and possibly with ice.
cl.20 - cl.75
Bellini, the Icon
It all began in 1948 in the historic Osteria Forte located in San Donà di Piave. The very young Luciano Canella was given the task of supplying the wine for the restaurant by his mother, Giovanna, the owner of the restaurant.
At that time, there weren’t many options available so Luciano thought he would take a chance and create a light, easy-drinking wine himself. He got some old spuma (a type of Italian soda) bottles with mechanical tops from a local producer and he filled them with wine, adding bubbles and sweetening it himself.
Luciano had a brilliant idea: prepare and bottle Bellini, which was already a famous aperitif. His idea saw great success right out of the gate, allowing the company to open the door to many international markets. Bellini is a delicate aperitif with low alcohol, representing the best of the Italian Dolce Vita. Luciano recognized that to represent such an iconic Italian aperitif, he would need to do so in the most faithful way possible, and as close to the original recipe conceivable. This is where the idea to plant a peach grove in San Donà di Piave came from. Still today some of the white peaches used in our Bellinis come from here.
Venice and the Siblings
VENICE AND THE SIBLINGS
Alessandra, Lorenzo, Nicoletta, and Monica enthusiastically and passionately run the family company. They have an agreement with the City of Venice to use the Venice brand, chosen by Philippe Starck on the Bellini bottles. Since then, Bellini has become the protagonist of many of the most important events in Venice, from New Year’s Eve in St. Mark’s Square to the Festa del Redentore.
The family grows
THE CANELLA COCKTAIL LINE GROWS
More than thirty years later, Bellini is still the most important aperitif in our line, but starting in 2000, we increased the range to include other skillfully created cocktails made with Italian fruit balanced out by our Brut Spumante. The Mimosa, made with Catania IGP blood oranges; Rossini, made with strawberries from the Candonga consortium in Basilicata; and finally, Puccini, made using mandarin oranges from the Ciaculli consortium near Palermo.
The Third Generation arrives
THE THIRD GENERATION
Tommaso, Lorenzo’s son and the first child to represent the third generation, joins the rest of the family at the helm of the company.