A cultural landscape
In the particular geographical context of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, on the slopes of the Prealps and overlooking a bend in the River Piave, the labours of the people have used the aspects of the landscape and climatic qualities to create a habitat of particular harmony and beauty. The human settlements, dating back to a large degree to a period between the 11th and 16th centuries, as well as the production of wine, which has been present for centuries and is deeply rooted in the local community, give added value to the area and make use of its natural characteristics to the full.
We are not talking, therefore, simply about “picture postcard” beauty, but about what article 1 of the UNESCO Convention identifies as a “cultural landscape”, that is to say a site that originates from the combined activities of man and nature. In particular, the Prosecco Superiore hills belong to the second category of landscape (II – organically evolved landscape), that generated by a continuous process that has evolved over time, but which is still very much alive, around which the local community and its artistic, technical and production culture have organised themselves in response to characteristics of the physical environment that are fragile and entirely distinctive.