(This story is sponsored by Consorzio di Tutela of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.)
The holidays are filled with opportunities to uncork a bottle of Prosecco—a glass of bubbly should always be readily available when celebrating with loved ones. The sparkling wine is an effortlessly elegant beverage perfect for serving at brunch or cocktail parties, alongside petite mouthwatering canapes.
While the effervescent drink is a favourite among wine lovers, many people are unaware that Prosecco isn’t a generic name that means “Italian sparkling wine” nor is it the name of a grape. Prosecco is a wine produced in three different appellations in North-East of Italy. The most historical of them, where the Prosecco as we know it today is born, lies on the Hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. This region is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A wine region like no other
Folks who frequently indulge in a glass of the sparkling wine most definitely understand that not all Prosecco is the same. Even though it can be produced in three areas found in Northeastern Italy, the highest quality Prosecco comes from Conegliano Valdobbiadene near Venice.
This winemaking region is considered one-of-a-kind because vines are planted on a series of hills with narrow ridges and steep slopes. The wines produced in these unique vineyards can be recognized by the name Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G., signifying a high-quality, well-balanced flavour.
Simply put, Conegliano Valdobbiadene sits at the very top of the Prosecco quality pyramid.
There’s a style for everyone
Whether you prefer a semi-sparkling wine that’s easy to drink or a sweeter version, Conegliano Valdobbiadene produces several different varieties of Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.
Thousands of small winemakers have perfected their agricultural techniques, allowing them to produce handcrafted spumante made from at least 85 percent of Glera grapes.
In 2019, a new style was introduced to pay homage to the origins of Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Sui Lievit, which means “On the Lees/Yeasts”, is a type of sparkling wine that’s been refermented in a bottle. This exclusive style pays tribute to a traditional type of product for the zone and to the long history of making sparkling wines in the area.
Three years ago, the area of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. banned the use of the glyphosate herbicide, a weed killer that also wipes out insects responsible for the pollination of crops. In addition to impacting food harvests, specialists suspect that the harmful substance raises the cancer risk in humans.
The Denomination is currently the largest wine zone in Europe to forbid the use of this herbicide.
Find Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. at specialty wine shops or at B.C. Liquor Stores.