Prosecco is the most sought after and consumed Italian wine in the world, highly appreciated for aperitifs and parties thanks also to its excellent value for money. Prosecco is a sparkling wine produced from Glera grapes (minimum 85%) plus other non-aromatic grape varieties.
It is important to keep in mind the difference between the historical Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG and Asolo Prosecco DOCG denominations, with the much broader and more recent Prosecco DOC denomination. Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG and Asolo Prosecco DOCG wines are produced exclusively in the hills of the province of Treviso and are considered the flagship of this type of wine. Prosecco DOC, on the other hand, is a much larger production area between the Italian regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto, from which wines are generally less valuable than DOCG wines.
The origins of Prosecco are very ancient; in fact, they have their roots in the small town of the same name in Friuli, in the province of Trieste. Between 1600 and 1700 the Prosecco production area began to expand from Friuli to the hills of Veneto, in the hilly area of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. The first Wine Route in Italy was created in 1966 in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene vineyards: it is the Prosecco Route. Three years later the Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene acquires the prestigious DOC designation, while in 2009 the Prosecco Conegliano Valdoabbiadene DOCG and Prosecco Asolo DOCG designations are recognized.
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is a DOCG sparkling wine produced in the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, in the province of Treviso, in the Veneto region. The wines are obtained by expertly blending the grapes from the various microzones of the territory. Since 2019 the Prosecco hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene have been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Asolo Prosecco DOCG comes from an area of 1200 hectares on the hills of the 19 municipalities that surround the ancient town of Asolo, a place rich in art and history in the province of Treviso. The Asolo Prosecco production area is located at the foot of Mount Grappa, on the high hills west of the Piave River. In June 2009 Asolo Prosecco obtained the DOCG status; it was the first denomination in the Prosecco panorama to include also the Extra Brut type.
Let’s now discover the history, the types of some of the best Italian Prosecco:
Adami has been a point of reference for the Prosecco world for 90 years. Not far from Valdobbiadene is the municipality of Vidor and here, in the Colbertaldo hamlet, the Adami winery is located, founded in 1920, when Abele Adami bought a small vineyard from Count Balbi Valier and began producing Prosecco. Today the winery is led by the brothers Armando and Franco who, also involved in the protection Consortium, have managed to give a precise identity to the production, becoming a reference winery for the territory. The Adami family has been producing high quality Prosecco for several generations, aided by optimal soil and climatic conditions. They are splendid vineyards, but extremely tiring to work, where the determination of the winemakers is put to the test. “Col Credas” and “Vigna Giardino” are the names of the most important vineyards, real natural amphitheaters of rare beauty. Numerous awards testify to the appreciation that Prosecco Adami has obtained both in Italy and abroad. A great example of bond with the territory and of Italian excellence.
Astoria is a very famous name for quality Prosecco, a brand known all over the world. It was born in 1987 by the entrepreneurs Paolo and Giorgio Polegato, belonging to a family with a historic winemaking tradition, and today it has 40 hectares of vineyards in the heart of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. The production center is represented by the Val De Brun Estate in Refrontolo, located on a hill surrounded by beautiful vineyards. The secret of the success of the Astoria winery is essentially due to the desire to enhance Prosecco in a modern and international guise. Thanks to the action of this production reality, Prosecco has become synonymous with aperitifs all over the world, present in wine bars and restaurants around the world. The Astoria bottles are well recognized everywhere for their glamorous and youthful design. The use of modern technologies and major investments have allowed this winery to be today the largest private winemaker in Valdobbiadene, with a huge production in demand all over the world.
The Bisol winery is located in the middle of the Conegliano countryside, in the area historically chosen for the production of Prosecco Superiore where the microclimatic condition is optimal: constant ventilation, perfect sun exposure and the right temperature range are among the main ingredients for a Prosecco Superiore of quality. Here all processing is carried out strictly by hand not only to keep the quality of the grapes and vineyards intact, but also for purely logistical reasons: the land that is difficult to access if not on foot obliges the Bisol winemakers to practice viticulture that is not simple. An advantage that the winery can certainly count among its reasons for pride is the possession from time immemorial of three hectares located on the top of the Cartizze hill, undoubtedly one of the most precious lands in Italy. Bisol creates bottles of Prosecco differentiating the productions based on the micro-zone of origin of the grapes while maintaining a unique identity for each different label: thanks to Glera, the vine used in the elaboration of the very famous sparkling wine in Veneto, which is one of the most sensitive grapes in this regard. of microclimatic variations.
Bortolomiol is a historic winery in Valdobbiadene, a famous name for Prosecco that has contributed significantly to the enhancement of this territory. It was founded after World War II by Giuliano Bortolomiol, today considered one of the great pioneers of Italian sparkling wine. The Bortolomiol winery includes 4.5 hectares of organically grown vineyards. Environmental sustainability, ecological and social commitment, respect and conservation of the flora and fauna that populate the vineyards are the cornerstones of the philosophy that guides the production. In the cellar works a highly qualified team of oenologists, engaged in the study, preparation of high quality sparkling wine making processes. The Bartolomiol sparkling wines are the result of a great innovative spirit based on loyalty to the territory and its history and belong to a high-level range with an impeccable organoleptic profile. All the types of Prosecco proposed by the winery meet the criteria of modernity and indisputable value: characteristics that have made Valdobbiadene one of the most important and appreciated Italian territories in the world for the production of sparkling wines.
Collalto represents one of the historical brands of the Prosecco Superiore area. The winery is located in the beautiful hills of Susegana, a few kilometers from Conegliano. The vine has always been part of the landscape of the Conegliano hills and is still the undisputed protagonist today. Since 2007 the Collalto estate has been managed by Isabella Collalto de Croÿ, who carries on the ancient family tradition, with particular attention to the sustainable cultivation of the vine, in order to respect the ecosystem of the territory and with a continuous commitment in the name of quality. The property covers a total area of 164 hectares planted with vineyards, within the Prosecco Superiore area. The gentle hills of Conegliano can enjoy excellent sunny exposures and a cool and breezy climate, protected by the Venetian Pre-Alps chain from the perturbations that descend from the north. Under these particular conditions, the Glera grape has proven to adapt very well. The vines of the Collalto winery are mostly dedicated to the production of a wide range of excellent quality Prosecco Superiore labels.
CONTE LOREDAN GASPARINI
Few wineries can boast a tradition and prestige like that of Conte Loredan Gasparini, located in Venegazzù, a small fraction of Volpago del Montello. In the 1970s, the entire property, including the cellar and vineyards, was purchased by the Palla family. The vineyards of the Conte Loredan Gasparini winery extend for 60 hectares along a hilly area that includes the two main areas: Asolo, famous for the production of Prosecco, and Montello, populated by woods and made up of red earth and rich in limestone pebbles, granite, porphyry and clay and suited for the production of high quality red wines. The area is now cultivated by the Palla family who, respecting the count’s far-sighted choices, operates in respect of the environment and nature. The most famous and prestigious wines of the Loredan Gasparini winery are true symbols of international enology. Among these excels the “Capo di Stato”, the spearhead of the production, an award-winning wine known all over the world. But the extraordinary vocation of the terroir and the choice of privileging high quality both in the vineyard and in the cellar are evident throughout the production.
Fiol is an innovative brand that means trend, style, elegance and, above all, a great passion for Prosecco. It was born from the courageous and enterprising initiative of three young friends from Treviso: Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, Pietro and Giovanni Ciani Bassetti. In 2011 they had the idea of combining their energies to create together a project that could enhance the territory of origin. This is how the brand of a successful Prosecco was born, which in a few years became famous all over the world, an emblem of Italian life style and synonymous with excellence. A long selection of grapes and producers and a long commercial evaluation have led to the creation of a sparkling wine characterized by light and delicate bubbles, fruity aromas and pleasant residual sugar. The goal is to create a label that can please everyone, both Prosecco lovers and those who drink a sparkling wine for the first time. The versatility of this sparkling wine has no boundaries: from toasting with friends to creating refined drinks.
Foss Marai is certainly one of the essential names in the context of quality Prosecco and in Italian viticulture. It is a winery that has decided to firmly focus on quality, but also on the characteristics of a famous territory suited to the production of wines and sparkling wines. In this way it has won numerous appreciations and a leading role on the national and international scene, where it has played an important role for years as a testimonial of made in Italy sparkling wine. The Foss Marai winery is a large and renowned production reality that has remained family-run since its foundation in 1986. The owner Carlo Biasiotto continues to invest with conviction on the path of excellence with attention to detail and aesthetic sensitivity, as evidenced by the refined design of the bottles, designed to express, even visually, the importance of Foss Marai wines. The aim of the Foss Marai winery is to build a close link with modernity and technological innovation, without however bowing to fashions, exploiting local and family tradition as an indispensable basis to be able to progress towards the future and be known throughout the world.
Masottina is a historic winery in the Conegliano Valdobbidene area, committed since 1946 to the production of high quality wines and sparkling wines, capable of enhancing a territory as unique as it is. Between the Dal Bianco family, which has founded and managed this winery for three generations, and the hills of Conegliano there exists a bond that has lasted for more than seventy years and from which a vast and diversified production originates. Masottina wines and Prosecchi offer a broad, varied and authentic glimpse of the Conegliano hills. The production style has always been linked to the concepts of sustainability and precision, made with the most modern and sophisticated technologies. The splendid underground cellar of Ogliano, for example, is an avant-garde architectural jewel that allows only the force of gravity to be exploited in all production processes. This concept of “vertical vinification” reduces energy consumption and safeguards the quality of the raw materials. The goal is to best express the territory, focusing on innovation and sustainable technologies, thus trying to achieve excellence with great environmental responsibility.
Valdo is a leading name in the Italian sparkling wine production, a large Valdobbiadene winery active since 1926. Its history is identified with that of the Bolla family, who acquired the sparkling wine house in the 1930s and brought it to success after the Second World War. The Valdo Spumanti brand is a guarantee of quality for many consumers around the world. Technology, passion and innovation are the engines of a production that was born in the municipality of Valdobbiadene, a point of reference in the area for over 90 years. Tradition is integrated here with modernity, represented by the state-of-the-art technologies that the cellar is equipped with and a highly trained professional team. Prosecco and all Valdo sparkling wines are the symbol of a great entrepreneurial history that has helped spread Italian excellence around the world. Rigorous agronomic projects in the vineyard, large investments in the cellar and a well-defined commercial strategy have consolidated in recent years the name of Valdo and the Bolla family, which has become synonymous with Made in Italy. The success is confirmed by an increasing number of consumers, the recognition of critics, and the most important Italian and foreign guides.