The most celebrated of Proseccos come from the hillside vineyards of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, the original production area for Prosecco. Here the hills are very, very steep.
Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG can only be made in the Treviso province of Veneto on the hills between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Lying halfway between the Dolomites and the Adriatic Sea, the slopes have a unique microclimate – full sun ripens the grapes and high altitude and breeze ensure freshness even in the hottest summers. The steepness of the hills also means that everything—from pruning to picking—is principally done by hand.
Some winemakers are reviving the traditional way of making Prosecco – rather than disgorging, the wines are left on their lees which imparts more complexity and flavour. These are currently labelled Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG, without the added term “Superiore,” which is reserved for wines that have more pressure and bubbles.