The Conegliano Valdobbiadene region is the spiritual homeland of Prosecco Superiore wine. A landscape whose generosity is only matched by the difficulty of tending its rocky slopes: vineyards cling to precipitous hillsides, meaning that – even with today’s technology – each phase of cultivation and harvesting has to be carried out exclusively by hand. Unsurprisingly this approach has come to be known as “heroic viticulture”.
The privileged position of these hills, nestling between the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomites, ensures a unique combination of microclimatic conditions, with constant breezes and an ideal temperature range and levels of sun. It is here, on these steep slopes, that the Glera grape is most at home, which in turn means a harvest and a final product that is recognised the world over for its quality.
The ancient soils of the area show structural differences even a few kilometers away. This influences and gives unique characteristics to our Prosecco Superiore.
The Valdobbiadene hills are testament to the close relationship between the land and its inhabitants. It is a partnership in which each party has helped shape the other. On one side are the growers, who have reshaped the landscape, almost exaggerating its natural forms; on the other, the precipitous slopes demand a form of cultivation and harvest based entirely on manual methods, an approach that has come to be known in Italy as “heroic viticulture”. Even today, the growers have to invest up to a thousand hours to cultivate each hectare of vines, ten times as much as is needed with the mechanised methods used on the plains.
The “DOCG Conegliano Valdobbiadene” designated territory is the original home of Prosecco Superiore, and the area most closely associated with its production over the centuries. It includes fifteen hillside and hilltop municipalities, all within the historic “March of Treviso”. Within this area, the most sought after terrain, in terms of the quality of the grapes it produces, is that of the “Cartizze”, a hill bearing just 107 hectares of vineyard owned by 140 families, the Bisol family having been one of them since 1542.