The Prosecco Route
The Strada del Prosecco (or Prosecco Route) unwinds within a vast natural theatre (in Veneto) almost entirely decorated by vineyards, abbeys, churches and castles. Of course, the star of this itinerary is Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOC, one of the names that, in addition to Colli di Conegliano DOC and Verdiso IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) helped to make Made in Italy viticulture famous throughout the world.
Our tour begins in Conegliano, where we find the Cerletti Enological School – Italy’s first – that for more than a century has taught some of the best enologists in the country. The site also offers art lovers the beautiful Rocca di Castelvecchio, a fortress housing the rich collection of the Civic Museum – paintings, frescoes, furnishings and archaeological finds from the Paleolithic to the Roman Ages. The old walls of the Palazzo Comunale and of the Teatro dell’Accademia, rather, lie along Conegliano’s central square, Piazza Cima. And, not far away, the Duomo hosts the precious Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints by Cima da Conegliano.
Leaving Conegliano, we arrive in Rua di San Pietro di Feletto to find the 16th-Century Camaldolese hermitage - now the seat of municipal government – and the charming Romanesque Abbey Church from the 12th Century.
Moving just a little bit further, the small Comune of Refrontolo awaits us. Here, we can admire the magnificent panorama from the Trevisan Hills, spotting the Molinetto della Croda within the tranquil, serene scenery.
Then, in Solighetto rises the 18th-Century Villa Brandolini d’Adda, home of the Consorzio del Prosecco and a museum paying tribute to opera singer Toti Dal Monte. Nearby Soligo features the tiny Church of Santa Maria Nova, dating back to the 1300s. From here, a brief walk will take us to the Tempietto di San Gallo (on the same-named hill), so that we can see the spectacular sight of both hills and plain in the distance.
Our final destination is Valdobbiadene, Prosecco’s “other capital,” fascinating visitors with its Villa dei Cedri that displays the prestigious National Spumante Exhibit, as well as the centuries-old Cedar of Lebanon that characterizes the grand park, open to the public.
All along the itinerary, we can choose from numerous vineyards and wineries perfecting their products everyday; we can taste and even buy the Prosecco DOC, and/or some of the other less-famous but equally-appreciated local wines, including Colli di Conegliano, Refrontolo Passito, Torchiato, and Verdiso.
Among the various types of wine and spumante, that most prized remains Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze: with a rich yet sweet palate in respect to more traditional bottles, this prosecco is produced in a small, hilly area of only 106 hectares. It owes its taste to the particular climate and soily conditions of its terroir.
IT IS ALSO INTERESTING TO KNOW…
…That other than wines, the Province of Treviso is celebrated for another product of excellence: the red radicchio of Treviso, known as “winter’s flower” for its pleasantly-bitter taste, and decorated with the IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) label in 1996.Not only is this Route ideal for seeking out amazing flavors, but also for plunging into refined history: within the Medieval Trevisan provincial borders (the March of Treviso), the famous Veneto Villas (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) dot the landscape.
When traveling the Strada del Prosecco, do not leave out a visit to Treviso itself, the Provincial Capital and city of art, culture and, of course, the good life!
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