The Italian chemist and oenologist Antonio Carpenè (1838-1902) worked intensively on the processes for the production of sparkling wine, Carpenè kept in close contact with the famous bacteriologists Robert Koch (1843-1919) and Louis Pasteur (1822-1895). The latter asked for help regarding the effects of sulphurous acid in the production of Wine and beer,
In 1868 he and his friend Francesco Maria Malvolti founded the "Carpenè Malvolti" winery (Conegliano, Veneto), which still exists today. Carpenè ran the Metodo Martinotti, the Italian name for the Méthode charmat (Tank fermentation) and is considered the founder of the Italian sparkling wine Prosecco, He tried to improve the backward at that time Vinification process his home.
Carpenè also gave decisive impulses to the founding of the wine research institute in 1868 Conegliano where a street is named after him. He 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), the third generation of the family, took over the winery. 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 the Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene" founded in 1962. In addition to numerous other honors, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in viticulture and oenology by the University of Padua in 2009.