- Full day wine tour of Prosecco Superiore Docg district by private luxury car
- English speaking guide/wine expert
- Visit two selected local wineries
- Discover the natural and artistic heritage of the Prosecco Superiore Docg area
THE BLESSED HILLS OF PROSECCO SUPERIORE
As we started to design a tour of “The blessed hills of Prosecco Superiore”, we intended to provide an overall view of an internationally acclaimed area, due to the overwhelming success of the Prosecco sparkling wine.
The key date was 2009 with the official recognition of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Docg to the highest classification in Italy, and a minor appellation titled Prosecco Doc, produced in a vaste area that covers both Veneto and Friuli Venezia-Giulia Region plains.
In geographical terms, the small towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are located at the extreme ends of the wine district, about 31 miles distance from each other and one hour drive away from Venice.
Vineyards cover approximately 22.000 acres, cultivated by 3.000 grape growers, and processed by 182 wineries for an annual added value of 489 million euro, a major economic resource for the region.
Roughly 90 million bottles of Prosecco Docg are exported all over the world, especially to Germany, UK, Switzerland, USA and to 150 additional foreign markets.
As a result, the rapid increase of international sales, the fair value for money, the easy-drinking character of the wine, and the sheer beauty of the hilly countryside led to the prestigious achievement of Unesco World Heritage Site on July 9th, 2019.
Our full day trip to “The blessed hills of Prosecco Superiore” aims at highlighting all the different aspects of a rural community gathered around 15 municipalities of the Treviso province, not entirely focussed on wine business.Your full day tour begins in the early morning, your wine expert meets you at the hotel in Venice or in a different town in Veneto, and drive by luxury car to the first destination, Conegliano.
This Roman origin town is overlooked by the Medieval age castle on a hilltop, which testifies the strategic location of the venue on the way to Northern Europe.
The memories of the Middle Ages still survive in the picturesque district called Contrada Granda, lined with Renaissance brick buildings displaying the largest frescoed façades in the region.
Once the buildings used to host the headquarters of old confraternities and workshops, today replaced by stylish shops, food stores, and traditional wine bars.
Your guide will point out the 15th century bellower of St. Leonard Duomo, nested among the long row of houses.
Inside the church, it is worth reminding the remarkable altarpiece of the “The Virgin Mary with Child in majesty between Angels and Saints” painted by Giambattista Cima in 1492, who was born and raised in Conegliano, although he made his reputation in Venice where he became one of the most reputed artists of the early Renaissance.
In 1876 a prophetic event heralded a new age in the history of Italian wine, the foundation of the first Enology School which soon became a brilliant example for the whole country and the home of technical experiments for the production of a fine sparkling wine, the Prosecco made from Glera grape.
As far as we know, the term Prosecco dates back to 1772, mentioned by Francesco Maria Malvolti in a local review, when it was just a young white wine fermented in the bottle.
In the late 1940’s the enologist Antonio Carpené developed
- This tour lasts approximately 8 hours and costs: 1370 euro up to 6 people, wine tastings and lunch not included
- Private car or minivan service, round trip tour from Venice or other towns in Veneto
- Professional English speaking guide/wine expert
- Only private parties.
- For larger parties: please send us an email!
- No dress code
- Please wear comfortable shoes and a hat in summer