The lowdown: This winery is just 15 minutes’ walk from Susegana train station, so if you haven’t got stacks of time, this place is your best bet. It’s full of history, having been run by the Collalto family for centuries. They’re still passionate about their product to this day – Countess Ninni Collalto emphasises the winery’s commitment to tradition and local flavours, and describes their prosecco as “fresh and joyful”.
Wow factor: Tastings here start with a walk around the vineyards, which stretch out as far as the eye can see. Then, you’ll be taken into the brand-new winery, which opened its doors in the summer. Decor-wise, this spot wouldn’t look out of place in an interior design magazine – it’s beautiful. Think glass walls, wooden floors, and touches of industrial chic. Next up is a tour of the cellars, where enormous steel tanks tower from floor to ceiling. Then, it’s time for the best bit – the tasting. Three different types of prosecco will be poured out for you, and if you like, you can pair it with some snacks produced by Borgoluce. Pick from the likes of creamy mozzarella and ricotta, and meats such as salami sopressa.
The lowdown: Now, this isn’t to say that the rest of the Strada del Prosecco doesn’t offer incredible views, because it definitely does. But, thanks to its lofty position, the sights that Col Vetoraz lines up are in a league of their own. It perches on one of the highest points in the hills, so all you can see is rolling, vine-cloaked hills, bordered by the fuchsia flowers that the winery has planted around its edges.
Wow factor: You don’t have to wave goodbye to the views when you step through the doors of the tasting room, either. You’ll sample your prosecco looking out of the huge floor-to-ceiling window – you’ll feel like you’re still outside. What’s more, this winery pours out the most exclusive type of prosecco, Cartizze Superiore, which can only be produced in a small area of Valdobbiadene village.
The lowdown: La Tordera might be celebrating the 100th birthday of its oldest vines, but its outlook is thoroughly modern. It’s taking lots of steps to make sure that its winemaking process is environmentally friendly. For example, the winery sources 70% of its energy from solar panels, and their bottles are made from recycled glass.
Wow factor: This year, a brand-new sustainable tasting centre was opened at La Tordera. Alongside its environmental credentials, the centre comes into its own in terms of decor. Everything’s about the prosecco, from the quirky welcome mat made of corks suspended in glass, to the display cases that line the walls. Sit down for a tasting here and, thanks to the wall-to-wall window, you’ll be able to take in views of the winery’s gardens as you sip from delicate, hand-blown glasses. The room itself is a sight to behold, too, with its exposed wooden beams, natural light and on-trend grey and yellow colour scheme.
This place is flexible, so you can tailor your tasting experience. Choose the prosecco that takes your fancy – if you want to get a little adventurous, you can try La Tordera’s special 0% sugar prosecco, which is left to mature for four times longer than normal.
The grapes are harvested in early September, so the vines look their best between May and August.
You can get bubble-free prosecco
Spumante = sparkling, frizzante = semi-sparkling, tranquilo = still.
Dry prosecco is the sweetest type
In the world of prosecco, ‘dry’ means sweet. Extra dry prosecco is medium, and if you don’t have a sweet tooth, stick to brut.
You don’t have to purchase prosecco over the counter
On the Strada del Prosecco there’s a vending machine stocked with bottles.
There’s a prosecco festival here every year
The Vino in Villa festival takes place in the third weekend of May. Expect parties, concerts, and – of course – tastings.
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