Prosecco is sparkling white wine that comes from hill country of the Veneto located between Conegliano and Valdobiadene. Includes information on the history of Prosecco wine and its association with the famous Bellini cocktail of Venice, as well as tours of the Prosecco wine region departing from Venice.
Our Prosecco wine guided tours start from the Prosecco wine region, located in the northeast of Italy, in the beautiful colline trevigiane (hills in the Treviso territory), a 40 minute drive from the city of Venice. These soft undulating hills of volcanic origin boast a lush green landscape where you can see remnants from medieval times in the form of castles, quaint, rolling towns and abbeys.
The northern part of the province of Treviso, close to the imposing Dolomite mountains, between the principal towns of Conegliano, on the plains, and Valdobbiadene, in the hills, is where the Prosecco wine region is located. A delightful wine road, the first of its kind in Italy, takes a winding route through the steep slopes covered in vines. It's featured on our popular Small Group Tours of Hill Towns of Veneto which includes a full wine tasting in a celebrated winery in the Prosecco's hills.
With our tours of the Prosecco wine region, you'll discover that in these lands, even the air smells of grapes and of the fine flavour of the centuries long wine culture, which has profoundly affected the countryside and the soul of one of the most enchanting areas in Italy. Here, the people love their roots and have maintained the taste for traditions and the pleasure in hospitality and meeting people, together with some typical products such as salami, cheese, spit-cooked meat, herbs, chestnuts, grappa, wild mushrooms and honey, all of which give a unique flavour to the enogastronomy of this area.
The Prosecco wine region is rich in enchantment, historic and artistic attractions, and surprises which are almost hidden away in the valleys or among the many hamlets and villages of the Prosecco's hills. The area is not only known for the Prosecco wine, which includes the Cartizze version too, but also for the Torchiato di Fregona and Refrontolo Passito wines. Fermented in limited quantities, the Refrontolo Passito wine is made from Marzemino grapes, and it was even praised by Mozart. The grapes similar to the Amarone's ones are put on bamboo racks to dry before to be pressed in order to obtain a ruby red sweet raisin with a rich perfume, ideal with cakes and dessert.
The Cartizze version of Prosecco comes from a small zone in the Prosecco region, near the principal town of Valdobbiadene. Its taste is sweet, its bouquet full and inviting, its flavour rounded. The white and red wines of the Conegliano hilly wine region come from wise blending of grapes that have been naturally selected over the centuries. The white wine, velvety with a pleasing aromatic perfume, accompanies appetizers and first courses. While the red wine, with at least two years ageing, is a meditative wine that matches with red meat and game.