The Valdobbiadene area appears luxuriously in the northern border district of Treviso, expanding across 15 districts between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, approximately 50 km from Venice. This territory, being mainly characterized by hills and reaching an altitude of 500 m, is particularly fitting for viticulture due to a suitable climate influenced by the presence of both the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomites. Since 2009 the Prosecco variety produced in this area can boast the denomination of “Superiore DOCG”, therefore deserving to enter the top of the pyramid of Italian wines.
The aforementioned guarantee is provided by three designated subjects: the Consorzio di Tutela (protection consortium), appointed for the supervision of production; Valoritalia, which certifies wine and the government, which applies a numbered label upon each bottle. This so called “fascetta”, a salmon-pink band, makes the superior guarantee visible by putting a seal on the cork. Each label has a tracking number which makes the bottle traceable at all times: customers will always be able to track the history of that particular wine thanks to the tracking number.
The controlled denomination of origin “Prosecco”, obtained in 2009, is reserved to wines, that satisfy conditions and requirements defined in the relevant disciplinary of production, in defense of specific features of quality hailing from the uniqueness of a territory historically suited to Prosecco.
Grapes used to the production of Prosecco DOC, which is classifiable in “spumante”, “frizzante” and “tranquillo”, are produced in the area, including five districts of Veneto (Treviso, Venezia, Vicenza, Padova, Belluno) and four of Friuli (Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste, Udine), in the north-east of Italy.
The temperate climate factors: the natural protection of the Alps up north, the action of the Adriatic Sea down south with the hot wind Sirocco and the precious summer rains, the heavy temperature ranges between day and night, the easterly dry summer-end wind Bora and the alluvial ground composition of clay and slime with high levels of minerals and microelements. All these elements and the good drainage of lands create the ideal environment to cultivate suitable varieties for Prosecco production.
The basic grape variety is Glera, which is an old native grape already known during Roman age, with white berries, big and long bunches and golden yellow grapes. It is native to karstic hills and more precisely to Prosecco. The cultivation of Glera developed along Friulian and Venetian hilly area and in particular on the gentle slopes of Treviso’s hills, where Prosecco found its perfect terroir, till spreading later up to flat territories in province of Treviso and then in other provinces of Veneto and Friuli.
Special mention “Treviso” and “Trieste”, possible when harvest, vinification and wine bottling happen inside these two provinces, underline the importance and the peculiarity of these two territories in the story of this extraordinary and inimitable wine.