Prosecco Tasting Tour
The Veneto region in Italy really has it all. Home to Venice – its capital, Verona – the birthplace of Romeo and Juliet, Lake Garda and the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Its eastern border meets the Adriatic sea, it’s far northern border meets Austria. Its incredible landscape blends historic towns and hamlets, rolling hillsides and vineyards, marshlands and mountains together into some of the most beautiful views in Italy. And to top it all, it’s also the home and host of free flowing Prosecco wine.
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Prosecco is produced in the picturesque and culturally rich north-eastern corner of Italy, an area that draws visitors from around the world for numerous reasons. As well as the sparkling sophistication and Renaissance splendour of Venice, Verona and Padua, there are, of course, the glorious rolling vineyards of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. It is from these aesthetically pleasing fields of grapes that the best of the famous fizz originates. Combining tours of the best Prosecco vineyards with the multi-sensory satisfaction of a visit to Venice will give oenophiles and culture vultures an unforgettable experience of this fascinating region of Italy.
Venice & Prosecco Activities
There is always something going on in the bustling, energetic and beautiful city of Venice. You can explore extensively on foot, but relaxation doesn’t come much better than kicking back with a Prosecco spritz while being propelled through the ancient canals by your very own gondolier.
The wine tours of the Prosecco vineyards are top of the to-do lists of many visitors to Veneto, and with Lake Garda and the Dolomites both within easy driving distance, those seeking water sports or perhaps a spot of skiing will not be disappointed.
Venice & Prosecco Wine Guide
While Prosecco has long been seen as a distant cousin to Champagne, such an image of this fine Italian tipple flies in the face of reality.
Prosecco is made primarily from Glera grapes, which originated in Slovenia and were brought to the village of Prosecco many centuries ago. Other grape varieties are often included in the wine, including Verdiso, Perera, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir.
While Prosecco is most famous as a sparkling wine, it can also be found as semi-sparkling (“frizzante”) and still wine (“tranquillo”).
Prosecco DOC is produced in nine provinces dotted around two regions in the north east of Italy, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. The drink itself is named after the village of Prosecco that is situated near Trieste in the latter of the two regions.
The more prestigious Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) Prosecco Superiore has just two varieties. One of them, Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG, can only be produced on the rolling hills between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene to the north of Treviso; while the other, Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG, comes from an area near the town of Asolo.
Venice & Prosecco Gourmet Guide
Italy is synonymous with excellent cuisine, and like all regions of this country of gastronomic delights, Veneto has its own twist on many Italian favourites. With the Adriatic Sea splashing against its coast, Veneto has no shortage of seafood options, with clams, mussels, scallops, octopus and crabs available on many menus. Sarde in soar, a sardine dish with onions, raisins and pine nuts, is very popular with locals and visitors alike.
More rustic land-based options abound with pork, beef and poultry used in many of the region’s favourite dishes including brasato all’Amarone (braised beef stew) and, for the more adventurous, the ancient horsemeat stew, pastissada de caval. Throw in the bountiful supply of wonderfully flavoursome fresh produce and top quality olive oil that is available here, gastronomes will relish their time in Veneto.
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