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The Production Process

After the grape harvest, the production process in the cellar is divided into two macro phases:the first fermentation and the second, also called sparkling wine.

Both processes consist in the transformation of sugar into alcohol through the use of yeasts.

In the first fermentation , however, the sugar is natural, contained in the grapes and the CO2 is dispersed in the air.

In the second fermentation the Martinotti method (also called"Charmat") is used, in which sugar is added and the vent of the autoclave remains closed to retain the CO2 inside the wine, thus giving it the characteristic perlage of sparkling wines.

The Prosecco area

Prosecco originates from the north-east of Italy, and ranges between Veneto and Friuli.

However, it was born in a much smaller area, between the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. In fact, here is the historic and hilly area, called DOCG. Around this area there is instead the flat area of the DOC.

Conegliano and UNESCO

Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are the two poles of the historical Prosecco area, thanks to the centuries-old culture of viticulture and, in particular, of the Glera grape.

In 1876, thanks to this viticultural tradition, the Enological School was established, based in Conegliano. Prosecco then begins to be made sparkling through the Martinotti method, and this leads the entire area to be an international sparkling wine district.

In 1962 the Consortium for the protection of the denomination was established, which was then expanded in 2009 with the establishment of the Doc and Docg area.

In July 2019 the entire hilly area between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene is recognized as a UNESCO heritage site , thanks to its history, its naturalistic aspect and art.

The Prosecco route

Within the historic Prosecco area there are several wine tourism itineraries . In particular, there is the"Strada del Prosecco", along which you can visit the points of historical interest, try local food, and taste the wines of the area, all while immersed in the World Heritage vineyards.

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