Prosecco Hills, Unesco World Heritage Site, Farra di Soligo, Veneto, Italy. foto © Shutterstock.com
The Prosecco hills – between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the province of Treviso, in the north-east of Italy – are an extraordinary land, where a wine of international prestige is produced: a white wine exported all over the world with more than 90 million of bottles produced every year. In 2019 this area was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the lands of Prosecco, beauty and taste blend harmoniously, inviting visitors to embark on a journey of discovery among wineries and small towns surrounded by terraces and vineyards, abbeys and fortresses. The cradle of Prosecco Superiore can be discovered by following the first, historic wine route in Italy, which winds its way between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. The Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco and Wines Route is the first enotourist itinerary born in Italy: 90 kilometers to cover by car, on foot or by bicycle, between a glass of wine and a tasting of local cheeses or cured meats. The Strada del Prosecco winds through steep slopes covered with vineyards and patches of wood, in a landscape that includes villages such as Conegliano, Refròntolo, Valdobbiadene, Pieve di Soligo and wines such as Prosecco, Cartizze, Bianco dei Colli, Refrontolo Passito and Torchiato di Fregona.
The area is dominated by a particular geomorphological conformation: reliefs with narrow ridges and very steep slopes. For centuries, this rugged terrain has been shaped and adapted by man, creating a particular checkerboard landscape.
Vineyards and road. Prosecco Hills, Unesco World Heritage Site. Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy. (foto © Shutterstock.com)
The departure is from Conegliano, which can be easily reached by hiring a car at the Milan and Venice airports (the latter much closer to the destination), traveling on the A4 Turin-Trieste and A27 Venice-Belluno motorways.
The journey of taste in the Prosecco Hills can start from the Enological School of Conegliano, to discover the secrets of the art of sparkling wine, where you can participate in guided tours of the cellars, the wine shop or the nearby Wine Museum.
Obviously, a visit to the monuments of the town, such as the Cathedral, the Cima House and the Jewish Cemetery, should not be missed. At sunset, the advice is to enjoy the splendid panoramic view from the Esplanade of Castelvecchio, reachable on foot from Cima Square, passing in front of the imposing complex of the former convent of Saint Francis. Here, in the bell tower, the Civic Museum exhibits Roman and pre-Roman finds.
From Conegliano you can continue towards Collabrigo, a small town that offers suggestive views of the surrounding hills, then Rua di San Pietro di Feletto, with its XVII century hermitage, and San Pietro di Feletto, where there is a splendid XII century Romanesque church overlooking the vineyards.
White Prosecco grapes on a vineyard before the harvest in the hills of Valdobbiadene. Veneto. Italy. (foto © Shutterstock.com)
Located in a delightful landscape of vineyards is Farra di Soligo, a real food and wine destination for the spring festivals of Prosecco, strawberries and asparagus.
Returning to the car, you can make a short stop in Refrontolo, where the Molinetto della Croda is located, an ancient water mill still working.
We then reach Villa Brandolini, in Solighetto, the seat of the Consortium for the Protection of Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene Docg wine as well as the seat of exhibitions and cultural events. From the small towns of Guia and Campea it is possible to admire some of the most beautiful viewpoints over the vineyards of the whole area.
The Prosecco road ends in Valdobbiadene, located on top of a hill, home to numerous sparkling wine cellars and excellent restaurants where you can taste the specialties of this area. To demonstrate the importance of wine production for town life, there are two important wine events such as “Calici di Stelle” and the “Spumanti Forum”, both housed in Villa dei Cedri, a XIX century Art Nouveau building in the center of a public park.
Text: Luca © Italien.blog
Prosecco hills, vineyards and the church of San Lorenzo at sunset. Unesco website. Farra di Soligo. Veneto, Italy, Europe. (foto © Shutterstock.com)