— Conegliano Valdobbiadene

In brief

Around 50 km

The new Strada del Prosecco e Vini dei Colli Conegliano Valdobbiadene, constituted in 2003, is the direct heir of what was, in 1966, Italy’s first Wine Road. Its route begins at the School of Winemaking in Conegliano, Near to the main building, do not miss the small but fascinating nineteenth-century Bottega del Vino (declared a national monument) or the L. Manzoni Oenological Museum, which acts as an archive for the research carried out by the scholars who have attended the School at various times and have produced wines of international renown such as the Incrocio Manzoni. Then head towards San Pietro di Feletto, where the Romanesque 12th century Parish Church overlooks the valley below. Stop to admire the panorama of the gentle hills of Conegliano, as well as the delicate frescoes on the façade. Then descend towards Refrontolo: in the midst of woods and vineyards you will come across the Molinetto della Croda, a century-old gem of a little mill, set in the rock. Proceeding towards Solighetto, you will find the 18th century Villa Brandolini, our Consortium’s headquarters that also often hosts interesting art exhibitions. The hills become higher and steeper the closer you get to Farra di Soligo, where two mediaeval towers loom over a landscape of splendid vineyards: these are the Torri di Credazzo, remains of the Longobard dominion of the area. In nearby Col San Martino, another fascinating example of local architecture is the Chapel of San Vigilio, which we recommend you approach with a walk through the vine rows, Follow the hills, with their characteristic cone-like shapes, to Colbertaldo, where you will begin the climb towards the qualitative peak of the Denomination: Cartizze, where one of the finest viticultural landscapes in Italy will open up before you. The historic route of the Prosecco Wine Road ends in Valdobbiadene, the production capital of the D.O.C.G. and the headquarters of many of the sparkling wine companies.