Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Wine Vacation in Northern Italy: The Spring of Prosecco

Looking for a Wine Vacation in Northern Italy? The group of producers of that festive, bubbly wine, Prosecco, are celebrating this year’s production with a series of shows and fairs beginning in March and continuing through June. The fairs are held in the towns of Prosecco where local foods are showcased with their heirloom wine Prosecco. The hills of Prosecco spread out in the northern portion of the Province of Treviso through the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Ever present on the near horizon are the Dolomites towering high into the clear skies. It is on the steep slopes of these majestic mountains that the Prosecco vine develops its unique flavor and characteristics.

The lands Prosecco are rich in enological and culinary culture. Hearty foods and wines are consumed in the castles and feudal villas that dot the region. The land and the people are intertwined, undeniably Veneti. This is a fascinating land. Rich in history, every little town surprises with works of art and architecture. These towns are living monuments to the thousands of years in the progression of man to dominate his environment. This region is brutally beautiful, truly breathtaking.

The Prosecco region is about an hour west of Venice. It is beautiful and suggestive. Most wineries have their own Agriturismo for lodging or can suggest a great little place to stay during the period of the fair. Anyone of these towns could be a base camp for a 10 day vacation, with trips to Venice, Verona, Padova, Udine, Trieste and San Daniele del Friuli (home of Prosciutto San Daniele). It is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the life of Veneto. An occasion to understand cheeses, taste hundreds of wines and gorge on the numerous culinary works of art that make up the local cuisine.

More information, including links to local Agriturismo, can be found at the official website of the Primavera of Prosecco.

2007 Calendar of Spring of Prosecco

03/03-03/19 – Vidor
Prosecco doc and Colbertaldo exhibition

03/17-01/04 - Santo Stefano
Exhibition and tasting of Prosecco and Cartizze

03/24-04/09 - Guia
Prosecco doc of Valdobbiadene exhibition

03/24-04/15 - Col S. Martino
Prosecco doc of Col S. Martino exhibition

03/31-04/09 - Villa di Cordignano
Vintage wines exhibition

04/07-04/15 - S. Pietro di Barbozza
Prosecco and Cartizze exhibition

03/13-04/04 - San Giovanni
Prosecco and Cartizze exhibition

04/14-05/01 - Refrontolo
Prosecco and Refrontolo passito doc exhibition

04/20-05/06 - Miane
Prosecco of Miane exhibition

04/21-05/01 - Fregona
Torchiato doc of Fregona exhibition

04/21-05/01 - Saccol
Prosecco and Cartizze exhibition

05/04-05/13 - Combai
"E' Verdiso"

05/11-05/27 - Vittorio Veneto
Wines and cramps of Vittorio Veneto city

04/30-05/06 - Colfosco
DOC and tipical Wines exhibition

05/26-06/03 - S. Pietro di Feletto
Wines of hill exhibition

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Chalices of... wines

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Chalices of... wines


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Blogger Tracie P. said...

we were so close! we slept in treviso (delightful), ans were just 20 km away from conegliano. next time, when there's more time. una cosa alla volta...

6:58 AM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Tracie b. There is time. Great choice on the local Tocai during your trip. As you know next year it will no longer be called Tocai.

3:51 PM

Blogger Tracie P. said...

i know! i read on dorigo's website that because of this, they plan to rip out their tocai vines next year. now that's throwing the baby out with the bathwater, don't you think?

11:58 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Tracie b. There is much discussion. The authorities have determined by DNA testing that the Friuli version is an autochthon and will be called Friulano Bianco (as I remember right now). Either way, the choice to remove is a wise one. Remember quality is value even if it works against you. They make it simply a bianco IGT but the producers would most likely prefer to go for something where they can build name recognition.

6:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for inspiring story. I was looking for a reason to get out of town and you've just given me one.

1:55 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Wine Racks This is a great opportunity to do the Prosecco fairs and then stop by Vinitaly in Verona on the way home!

10:48 AM


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