A weekend in the Prosecco Hills
A weekend in the Prosecco hills
advice taken from the website www.discoveritalia.it
From Conegliano to Valdobbiadene there are more than 20 km, which can become double, or even more, if you want to explore the Prosecco region far and wide. A complex of hills, now gentle, now quite impervious, which divide the Marca Trevigiana from the Piave valley between Belluno and Feltre: this is the land where Prosecco is born, a wine with a characteristic straw yellow color as the technicians say, which is also known for the cap imprisoned in the metal cage and the vivacity of its foam.
During the day – Discovering the hills of Prosecco Superiore Docg, which wind through the upper Marca Trevigiana, just over an hour from Venice, along the natural amphitheater that opens between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.
Evening – The sparkling panorama of events dedicated to Prosecco.
In the day – Along the rolling green hills of vineyards and woods of the Montello and Colli Asolani Wine Route.
Evening – The flavors of the Marca Trevigiana in one of the most beautiful restaurants in the area.
In the day
The Prosecco territory is that complex of hills, now gentle, now quite inaccessible, which divide the Marca Trevigiana from the Piave valley between Belluno and Feltre. The history of viticulture in the area is as ancient as it is prestigious: just think that its roots date back to Roman times and that during the nineteenth century the newly founded Trevigiana Enological Society gave life to the famous Enological School of Conegliano, still a hotbed of sought-after oenologists. worldwide.
The vine probably originated in the locality of the same name in the Trieste Karst, but it found its ideal habitat and absolute vocation for sparkling wine in the calcareous-clayey soils of the Treviso hills.
An itinerary between oenology and art – Even if wine and the places where you taste and buy it are the main attraction of the area, the scenic and artistic beauties should not be forgotten. A good route could start from Conegliano (download the Guide of Conegliano and surroundings in pdf and the Tourist Map of Conegliano and surroundings in pdf), proceed north-west to San Pietro di Feletto, then turn left through Refrontolo and Pieve di Soligo to reach Col San Martino and climb into the heart of the Cartizze territory with the hamlets of San Pietro and Santo Stefano, up to Valdobbiadene (download the Tourist Map of Valdobbiadene in pdf): it is the Prosecco and Vini dei Colli Conegliano road Valdobbiadene, the oldest Italian wine route.
It is interesting to discover the diversity of Prosecco which, despite being the same, acquires particular characteristics in the different production areas: around Conegliano there is an accentuated bitter note; in Valdobbiadene, above the bitter background, always present because it is peculiar to this wine, there is instead a softer and more gentle tone; finally, in the Montello area there is a slight almond aftertaste. Above all, the small production of Superiore di Cartizze emerges in absolute class.
Conegliano and his school
Conegliano is the gateway to the area and can be visited in a couple of hours. The town is home to the Carpené Malvolti and the great Oenological School: in the former the so-called ‘Italian method’ was developed and applied on a large scale, which re-proposes the fermentation process of bottled wine in an autoclave and for large quantities. The founder Antonio Carpené experimented with it, without whom Prosecco would not exist as it is known today. The bust of the distinguished winemaker instead stands out in front of the Enological School, the first and most famous in Italy, whose nineteenth-century ‘wine shop’ should be visited.
In addition to Prosecco, the area is also known for the DOC Colli di Conegliano: alongside the White type, two red wines are also produced, the Rosso, from Cabernet, Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marzemino and Merlot grapes, and the Refrontolo Passito, obtained from marzemino grapes harvested in the municipality of the same name.
The island of Marzemino
Refrontolo, in the first part of the itinerary from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, offers a unique aspect in the panorama of the region’s wine production. Here, in fact, in an area of about 8 hectares, a minimum quantity of Marzemino grapes are grown, the same as the Vallagarina wine of the same name in the province of Trento, but which here produces a different result: Refrontolo Passito.
There are two wine events not to be missed in the town: in April (second weekend) the Exhibition of Prosecco di Collina and Marzemino di Refrontolo; in May (first weekend) the Refrontolo Passito DOC and Prosecco exhibition.
Among the events related to wine, in September, the great Grape Festival is not to be missed, while in July / August it is a classic Calici di Stelle, a traditional rendezvous
organized throughout Italy by the City of Wine Association and the Wine Tourism Movement, to observe shooting stars and discover the most popular wines. Vino in Villa – International Festival of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, organized by the Consorzio di Tutela, is the most important annual event dedicated to Conegliano Valdobbiadene. It is held on the third weekend of May in the heart of the production area at the splendid Castle of S. Salvatore di Susegana, dating back to the 12th century. And finally, Primavera Prosecco DOCG, 17 exhibitions where you can taste Docg wines and typical local products, you can admire the landscape on special walks or bike rides organized with the help of local guides.
In the day
At this point, the Prosecco area can be combined with that of Montello. The Montello and Colli Asolani Wine Route winds its way along gentle green hills of vineyards and woods, descending to the Piave, climbing over it and climbing to Crocetta del Montello and from here, to Cornuda and Maser, arriving in Asolo. In this way, we have the complete vision of two hill complexes, geologically different but united by the common vocation to Prosecco which is flanked by Merlot, Cabernet and other usual grape varieties in the region.
Maser: toast with Palladio
After passing the hamlet of Santo Stefano, on the road from Valdobbiadene to Asolo, a stop is required in Maser. It can be reached easily, once you have passed Vidor, following the course of the river that laps the slopes of the hills to the right. At Crocetta di Montello, turn left and, after a few minutes, having crossed the town of Cornuda, the splendid Villa Barbaro appears on the right, at the foot of the Collalto. An extraordinary example of harmony and beauty, the headquarters of the Villa di Maser winery offers the opportunity to taste important wines in the setting of one of Andrea Palladio’s finest creations. You can then visit the large vaulted cellars, with the barrels in which the red wines of the DOC Montello and Colli Asolani, Cabernet and Merlot mature.
Asolo (download the Asolo Guide in pdf and the Tourist Map of Asolo and surroundings in pdf)
Asolo does not offer an obligatory itinerary: it is all to see as it appears, from a street to a small square, from a garden overlooking the hills to a portico. Of the town, a destination for poets, writers and Venetian patricians, the following are not to be missed: the Loggia del Capitano, a 15th century building with a front decorated with frescoes from 1560; the cathedral built in 1747 and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta; the Renaissance fountain; via Regina Cornaro, flanked by frescoed fifteenth-century houses, which leads to the Queen’s castle with the medieval clock tower and the medieval Colmarion gate; via Canova with the pink archivolt of Eleonora Duse’s house; and finally the villa Cipriani.
Asolo is also involved in an enoic itinerary with the viticultural vocation of its hills. And the wines still meet on the way back to Valdobbiadene. Montebelluna is home to the Consortium for the protection of the DOC Montello and Colli Asolani; in Venegazzù the ancient cellar of Count Loredan continues to produce at its best; and the same happens in Volpago del Montello and Giavera del Montello.
From Valdobbiadene to Vittorio Veneto
The road that connects Valdobbiadene to Vittorio Veneto is undoubtedly the most spectacular in the Prosecco area. In the first part it follows the succession of hills with wide curves, offering suggestive views over all the large vineyards and the numerous producing companies, often located in ancient patrician residences. After about ten kilometers, you arrive in Miane, where the Roba de casa nostra and Prosecco exhibition is held between April 25 and May 1. Below, you will meet the town of Follina (download the Guide of Cison di Valmarino, Follina and surroundings in pdf), from which you continue slightly downhill next to the two small lakes of Revine, finally flowing into the valley floor where Vittorio is Veneto (download the Guide of Vittorio Veneto and surroundings in pdf and the Tourist Map of Vittorio Veneto and surroundings in pdf).