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The area of Conegliano Valdobbiadene lies in hilly countryside situated 50 km from Venice and around 100 km from the Dolomites. Here vine-growing has extremely ancient origins, but the first written document linking Prosecco to this area dates back to 1772. Ever since the introduction of the D.O.C. in 1969, the historic production area has remained limited to just 15 communes. Two of these give it its name: Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, one being the zone’s cultural capitaland the other the heart of its production.
It is one of Italy’s historic denominations, recognized in 1969. In 2009, with the reorganisation of the denominations for Prosecco, the Ministry of Agriculture classified it as a Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin (D.O.C.G.), the highest level of quality for Italian wines.
There are also the Asolo D.O.C.G. and the Prosecco D.O.C., covering 9 Provinces in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, created to protect the viticultural heritage of Prosecco and defend it around the world.
Its position between the sea and the Prealps ensures a mild climate, with an average temperature during the year of 12.3°C and constant breezes, which allow the grapes to dry quickly after it has rained. The area is characterized by frequent heavy showers in the summer, with average rainfall of 1250 mm
The hills stretch from east to west, so they have a south-facing slope – on which the vineyards benefit from excellent exposure to sunshine – and a northern slope, usually covered in woodland. The altitude varies between 100 and 500 m and guarantees good differences between day- and night-time temperatures, so that the aromas develop well in the grapes.
For over three hundred years, the Glera grape variety has found an ideal environment in these hills. It needs water, but this must on no account become stagnant: the gradient of the hills ensures that rainfall always drains away.
Vino in Villa is the most important annual event devoted to the wine of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. It is held on the third weekend in May in the heart of the production area, and springs from the Consortium’s desire to show the wine in its original context to journalists, members of the trade and consumers alike. Since 2015 Vino in Villa has become a real cultural festival, with the scope of investigating how many and what type of worlds have been generated in the course of the history of wine, a beverage that was already popular in ancient times.
Artistic, philosophical and poetic worlds, which will make us understand how the power of symbolism contained in what was once referred to as the nectar of the gods is almost inexhaustible. From Thursday to Saturday, everyone will be offered the opportunity to listen to some of the most significant voices in the contemporary artistic and cultural spheres, in extraordinary settings: those of the hills and historic centres of Conegliano, Valdobbiadene and Pieve di Soligo. The event will culminate, as usual, on the Sunday, in the splendid Castle of San Salvatore at Susegana, a country manor dating back to the 12th century, which will play host to the producers of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore in a special day devoted to tasting their wines.
Source and more info: Consortium Prosecco Conegliano-Valdobbiadene