In 1962, a group of 11 producers representing the large sparkling wine companies and the main vine-growers’ cooperatives, founded the Consorzio di Tutela del Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene, proposing a set of production regulations in order to protect the quality and image of their wine. Seven years later, on 2nd April 1969, their efforts were rewarded with recognition by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene as a D.O.C. production zone for Prosecco and Superiore di Cartizze. With this document, the production of Prosecco was legally recognized and formally regulated by the institutions for the first time. The Consortium groups together the producers in the Denomination with the objective of protecting and promoting Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore both in Italy and around the world.
In 2009, with the reorganisation of the Prosecco denominations, the Ministry of Agriculture classified Conegliano Valdobbiadene as a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) area, the highest level of quality for Italian wines.
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