The Prosecco hills - between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the province of Treviso, in the north-east of Italy – are an extraordinary land, where an internationally renowned wine is produced.
A small world of the past covered with vineyards worked by hand on steep slopes that in July 2019 received an important recognition: the title of Unesco’s World Heritage Site. Let’s find out more about this unique, special area and its food and wine itineraries.
“The Prosecco hills are the 55th Italian site recognized by Unesco, a site that comprises most of the production area of Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG, a white wine exported all over the world with more than 90 million bottles produced each year”.
This area is dominated by a particular geomorphological conformation: hogbacks, a series of rises with narrow ridges and steep slopes (even with a slope of 50%). Worked by men since the Middle Ages, over the centuries the Prosecco Hills have taken on spectacular geometries and an odd chequerboard appearance.
In the land of Prosecco beauty and taste masterfully blend inviting visitors to a journey of discovery between wineries (more than 180 in the area) and small villages immersed among terraces and vineyards, abbeys and fortresses. For example, along the Strada del Prosecco (Prosecco Route), the first wine-tourism itinerary founded in Italy: 90 kilometers to travel by car, on foot or by bicycle, between a glass of wine and a tasting of local cheeses or cured meats.
The area of Valdobbiadene also extends to a higher altitude, up to 1.500 meters: this place is ideal to combine a day of nature – on foot, horseback or with a mountain bike, for instance along the “Andar per Malghe” route – with a lunch of homemade food in a malga (the local mountain cottage), where it is also possible to buy the cheese made locally, like Monte Cesen or the organic Montasio dop.