The first woman to head the consortium, she and her sisters run the Bortolomiol winery, which their father Giuliano founded in Valdobbiadene in 1949. He is also one of the eleven producers who founded the first protective consortium for Prosecco.
Elvira Bortolomiol, who studied agriculture, was already appointed to the board of directors of the consortium in 2007 and was vice president for several terms. The designated deputies during her three-year mandate are Cinzia Sommariva (Sommariva Soc. Agr. Palazzo Rosso) and Giuseppe Collatuzzo (Cantina di Conegliano e Vittorio Veneto).
"I feel very honoured to have been elected president of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG protection consortium," Elvira Bortolomiol said upon taking office. "I was born into a family that has seen the history of Prosecco grow in the world and participated in it. There are still many challenges ahead of us. The territory in which we are strongly rooted requires protection and enhancement of the landscape and environmental sustainability. Competitiveness in the global market also demands it," Bortolomiol said.
Elvira Maria Bortolomiol succeeds Innocente Nardi in office. She was unanimously elected by the new board of directors. The composition of the new board was disputed internally for over a year; in short, it was about the voting weight of the cooperatives vis-à-vis the private and small producers. Only after the Ministry of Agriculture threatened to have the consortium run on a provisional basis did the members agree on a board of directors on 29 June 2021. According to the statute, the voting weight will continue to be determined by the production volume of the individual categories. vc