The Italian chemist and oenologist After his studies, Antonio Carpenè (1838-1902) dealt intensively with the procedures for the production of sparkling wine, Carpenè maintained close contact with the famous bacteriologists Robert Koch (1843-1919) and Louis Pasteur (1822-1895). He also asked for support regarding the implications of sulphurous acid in the production of Wine and beer,
In 1868 he founded with his friend Francesco Maria Malvolti the still existing winery "Carpenè Malvolti" (Conegliano, Veneto). Carpenè led in his enterprise the Metodo Martinotti, the Italian common name for the Méthode charmat (Tank fermentation) and is considered the founder of Italian sparkling wine Prosecco, He tried to improve the then backward Vinification process his home.
Carpenè also gave decisive impulses to the founding of the Weinbau-Forschungsinstitut in 1868 Conegliano where a street is named after him. He has published a number of books, including "Sunto teorico-pratico di enologia, Vinificazione" (Turin 1878). His son continued the business. In 1939 Antonio Carpenè (1913-2010) took over the winery in the third generation of the family. Under his leadership, the company became one of the leading Prosecco producers. He was among the eleven founders of the "Cooperative for the Protection of Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene" founded in 1962. In addition to numerous other honors, in 2009 he received an honorary doctorate in viticulture and oenology from the University of Padua.