Definition - What does Glera mean?
Glera is a white wine grape variety originating from Slovenia. It is mostly known for its use in the sparkling wine of Prosecco from the regions of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, Italy. The vineyards of Glera in these regions are especially recognized for the unique, mountainside terroir where it is cultivated. The delicate characteristics of this grape allow for it to showcase its terroir characteristics in the wines, renowned throughout the world.
WineFrog explains Glera
Glera is the sole grape used to make the famous sparkling wine of Italy, Prosecco. The grape is widely cultivated in the northern region of Veneto, in the DOCG and DOC regions of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, respectively.
The grape itself, cultivated along steep foothills of the Dolomites, is a perfect region for creating grapes with well-maintained acidity and character that shows through in the regionally famous Prosecco.
The white berries of the Glera are noted for delicate aromas and flavors of the limestone and ancient sandstone, consisting of ancient marine life, which are imparted into the wine. The sparkling wines of Glera are most renown for their notes of citrus and late summer orchard fruit and regional minerality. These wines pair especially well with shellfish and as an aperitif to entice the appetite.