Conegliano and Valdobbiadene contribute significantly to the Veneto’s status as Italy’s largest producer of wines and DOCs, in no small way because, modern Prosecco, originates from this area. In a previous post I discussed DOC(G) Prosecco. Since then I’ve been reading up on Conegliano and Valdobbiadene as I gear up for a cycling trip between the villages, which has me thinking about hills.
Today’s Prosecco hills featured prominently in Venetian Rennaisance paintings. For example, Conegliano da Cima’s biblical scenes often borrowed from his native and Conegliano landscape.
In 2009 the Prosecco DOCG came to be officially recognized by the Italian agricultural ministry and the National Committee for Italian Wines. That decision had a lot to do with hills, because there is a difference between lowland Prosecco and slope Prosecco.
Valdobbiadene and Conegliano stand out for Prosecco making, in part because the steep slopes that are well-drained and rest between alpine and Mediterranean winds. Hillside Prosecco has to be hand-farmed and not machine farmed, which ups that quality and price. The extra steep Cartizze vineyards represent an extreme in terms of steepness and quality DOCG Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. I recently enjoyed a bottle of Bisol, which I highly recommend.