Veneto

The Region

“Prosecco nectar”, a precious, matchless pearl among sparkling wines, originates where nature is kind, where the sun and the pleasant climate meet the poor land of the sun-kissed hills. This native wine, which has been cultivated on the hillsides of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene since 1800, is probably connected to “Pucino” a wine both known and appreciated as far as Roman times. The Prosecco Wine, a sturdy, vigorous plant, has large, brilliant green leaves which turn yellow gold in autumn. It is never the same, as it changes its appearance according to the terrain it is in; the wine-dressers distinguish it in
“round”, “long”, “kind” and “Balbi”, from the name of its first admirer and selector, the noble Venetian, Balbi Valier. The D.O.C.G. production area is confined to a 50 kilometer strip of foothills, almost 5.000 hectares of vineyards dedicated to Prosecco of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene. Three types of wine are made: still, semi sparkling and sparkling, to satisfy the tastes of different palates. But Prosecco’s most precious jewel is the wine which comes from the Cartizze locality, a small handkerchief of land of about 106 hectares between Santo Stefano, San Pietro di Barbozza and Saccol of Valdobbiadene. This is the esteemed “Superiore di Cartizze”. The singular exposure to the sun and the specific composition of the
land of this “cru” give the grapes a particular excellence.

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