Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are both small towns located in the province of Treviso, Veneto, of north-east Italy. Both have a long history as wine growing areas, situated in and surrounded by the Alpine area of Veneto, which provides a climate ideal for light, bright, white aromatic varietals. This area is the home of Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG, the dry sparkling white wine, which over the past few years - ‘Prosecco’ has now become the world’s most sold 'designated' style of sparkling wine.
The designated wine growing area is just a short drive of 50km north from Venice. It is equidistant from the Dolomites and the Adriatic Sea, a particular situation that has a positive effect on the climate and resulting wine.
The terrain is difficult to cultivate but with a special charm, with its vineyards sitting high on these steep hillsides where it is hard even to remain standing during harvest. Over time the grape-growers have created a unique landscape whose beauty is such that they have applied for the area to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The wine production zone comprises 15 communes and covers an area of around 20,000ha. Vines are grown only on the sunniest aspects of the hills, at altitudes varying between 50-500m above sea level, while the north-facing slopes are covered mainly in native woods.
Within this area - 6,000ha of vineyards are recorded in the official register as DOCG. With just over 100ha are in the Cartizze sub-zone in the commune of Valdobbiadene, which lies between the hamlets of Saccol, San Pietro di Barbozza and Santo Stefano.
The climate throughout the area has mild cold winters and typically hot, dry summers. The Prosecco produced in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene area represents a fusion of history within the region and resulting superior quality. Conegliano, the heart of local wine culture, is the site of Italy’s first Oenological School and also of its first Research Institute for Viticulture. Valdobbiadene is at the heart of the actual production zone, has the greater concentration of hillside vineyards.
The Conegliano Valdobbiadene wine zone has made Prosecco into an extraordinary success story, creating over the course of time a modern, informal and vivacious Italian-style wine, that is appreciated and enjoyed the world over - described as affordable luxury.
On the 1st of August 2009, 40 years after being awarded DOC status, Prosecco produced in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene zone became Italy’s 44th DOCG wine. For Conegliano Valdobbiadene, getting the ‘G’ is much more than a mere letter: it is the recognition for many years of meticulous work in order to obtain excellent quality in every phase of production. The individual sequentially numbered, coloured Italian State seal - gives every single bottle instant traceability. In this way the consumer can trace the history and journey of that particular wine in a very precise way, because every stage of its production is subject to strict controls.
Near the town of Valdobbiadene is where you will also find the new ‘Cartizze’ cru area, the point in your Prosecco journey, the place where the zone’s viticultural vocation reaches its maximum expression.
Both Conegliano and Valdobbiadene have given their name to this unique wine, Prosecco Superiore. It is a wine you will be able to recognize ‘blind’ once you have tasted it: a fine, fresh, elegant representation for a unique region of steep hills covered in a dense quilt of vineyards. Look out for Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. - guaranteed quality in every bottle.