If you think all Proseccos are created equal, think again. While all wine labeled Prosecco comes from northern Italy, one region in particular — Conegliano Valdobbiadene — produces the most elegant expressions. Because of its high quality, the region boasts Italy’s most prestigious status, Prosecco Superiore DOCG.
Conegliano Valdobbiadene is Prosecco‘s birthplace. Vines have been present in the region since ancient times. Steep hillsides, stony soils, and cooling breezes off the Adriatic create a moderate climate and promote ideal growing conditions. This optimal climate also makes for fresh, vibrant grapes that are high in acidity, perfect for growing Glera, the signature grape of Prosecco wines. Production continues with the Italian Method, a sparkling wine producing method that uses pressurized, temperature-controlled tanks to preserve aromas and flavor profiles in the wine. Wines designated under the Prosecco Superiore DOCG are classified by their effervescence: Spumante (Sparkling), Frizzante (Semi-Sparkling) and Tranquillo (Still), followed by their levels of residual sugar, from driest to sweetest: Brut, Extra Dry, and Dry.
Wines designated as “Rive” indicate small towns that make vintage wines of excellence, while “Cartizze” is known as the grand cru of the region, due to the steep elevations that allow grapes to achieve ideal ripeness. The wines of Prosecco Superiore DOCG reach their level of perfection because of the land from which they come. Look for Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG on the label of your next bottle of Prosecco for a high-quality and delicious experience!