Until 2009, “Prosecco” was the name of a variety and as such could be cultivated in any part of the world. The Prosecco made in the hills between Conegliano and Valdobiadene, certified by the paintings of Cima da Conegliano since the XVI century, boasts not only a long tradition but also particularly suitable exposure and soil composition conditions. It is in fact in this area that the variety has always performed at its best and it is from here that the universally recognized quality has developed, the cutting edge of which is Superiore di Cartizze.
But insight, determination and a long journey have brought it this far. The vineyards abandoned after the war were recovered bit by bit thanks to men like Giuliano Bortolomiol who believed in this wine and in the charmat-martinotti method, exalting its basic characteristics. Hence the importance of the Scuola Enologica di Conegliano (Conegliano Wine-Making School) which has been training talents for the industry for over a century.
In 1969, Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene obtained controlled designation of origin. The DOC stage was an important step towards quality. 40 years later, in 2009, the area of origin including 15 municipalities (Conegliano, Susegana, San Vendemiano, Colle Umberto, Vittorio Veneto, Cison di Valmarino, San Pietro di Feletto, Refrontolo, Pieve di Soligo, Farra di Soligo, Miane, Vidor, Follina, Tarzo, Valdobbiadene) was recognized as DOCG, and the Prosecco produced in the area was nominated “Superiore”.
Today, 9 provinces in northern Italy – Treviso, Belluno, Padua, Vicenza, Venice, Trieste, Udine, Gorizia and Pordenone – produce Prosecco DOC, but only the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, with its historical area counting sum 5000 hectares of vineyards, produce Prosecco Superiore DOCG. The Prosecco of Montello and of the Asola hills has “Guaranteed” designation and is “Superiore” too.
Today Prosecco is no longer the name of a grape variety but has become a dedicated area. And the variety has been given its original name: “glera”.