Prosecco.it — Conegliano Valdobbiadene

Area of Origin

A unique region

The area of Conegliano Valdobbiadene lies in hilly countryside situated 50 km from Venice and around 100 km from the Dolomites. Here vine-growing has extremely ancient origins, but the first written document linking Prosecco to this area dates back to 1772. Ever since the introduction of the D.O.C. in 1969, the historic production area has remained limited to just 15 communes. Two of these give it its name: Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, one being the zone’s cultural capital and the other the heart of its production.

Let us find out together the reasons that, for centuries,
have made this region ideal for growing vines

A unique microclimate

Its position between the sea and the Prealps ensures a mild climate, with an average temperature during the year of 12.3°C and constant breezes, which allow the grapes to dry quickly after it has rained. The area is characterized by frequent heavy showers in the summer, with average rainfall of 1250 mm.

The hills stretch from east to west, so they have a south-facing slope – on which the vineyards benefit from excellent exposure to sunshine – and a northern slope, usually covered in woodland. The altitude varies between 100 and 500 m and guarantees good differences between day- and night-time temperatures, so that the aromas develop well in the grapes.

For over three hundred years, the Glera grape variety has found an ideal environment in these hills. It needs water, but this must on no account become stagnant: the gradient of the hills ensures that rainfall always drains away.

Characteristics of the soil

The soils of Conegliano Valdobbiadene have very ancient origins, deriving from the raising of sea- and lake beds. One part of the hills was re-modelled by the glaciers of the Dolomites, which brought various sediments downhill. The resulting soils are deep and are made up of conglomerates of rock and sand, containing a lot of clay and sometimes rich in iron oxides. In the area unaffected by the glaciers, the soils remained of marine origin, composed of marls and sandstone, less deep and more porous. This has led to the co-existence of many types of different soils, but also to differently shaped hills: sometimes gentler, as in the area of Conegliano, sometimes steeper and completely south-facing in that of Valdobbiadene. Each of the combinations of slope, exposure and soils make each micro-zone unique, as you can discover in the wines from the Rive and Cartizze.

The principal types of soil

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