Cruising Italy’s Prosecco Wine Road

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Exploring the Prosecco Wine Road: Italy’s Enchanting Veneto

Italy’s sparkling Prosecco wines are delicious. I’ve tasted them in wine regions all around the world, in beautiful places like Napa, New York, France, Italy, and Germany. However, few offer stunning natural landscapes and a level of hospitality like the Prosecco Wine Road in the Veneto region of northern Italy. It’s precisely the place where you want to avoid being the driver and the drinker.

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Cruising Italy’s Sparkling Prosecco Wines
The Road from Valdobbiadene to Congeliano

In fact there are wineries all over the Veneto region– an hour north of Venice. The wine road for Italy’s sparkling Prosecco wines runs between Valdobbiadene. It’s located at the bottom of the Dolomites west and south to the town of Congeliano. Italy’s Prosecco Wine Road is country’s oldest wine trail. Narrow winding roads (some of them dirt). All of them full of ridiculous hospitality from everyone you meet. It will warm you almost as much as the sparkling wine they make.

Honestly, the drive took my breath away. Travelers can cover the area in a three-day trek. The Prosecco Wine Road is ideal for a long weekend or a side trip from Veneto. In addition, the roads are well maintained. It’s also thrilling because, around every turn, there’s the possibility of imminent death or a stunning panorama.

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What is Prosecco?

Prosecco is a dry sparkling, semi-sparkling or still white wine. It originates from the grapes grown in the town of Prosecco just outside of Trieste. And like Champagne, Prosecco is trademarked. Italy’s sparkling Prosecco wines are only found in this region of the world.

Largely under the radar of most American travelers, this 25-mile region is situated about two hours north of Veneto. Almost every inch of the narrow, meandering stretch, called La Strada del Prosecco in Italian, is surrounded by vines. Pedestrians and cyclists share the passage with cars and Vespas. Incidentally, the road connects 175 wineries, both big and small.

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Wine Tasting Along the Prosecco Wine Road

Toni Doro Winery – Il Prosecco

My first stop was Toni Doro. The winery is located on a pretty hillside vineyard about 10 miles from the center of Vittorio Veneto. Elena unlocked the door to the beautiful tasting room. She opened the battery-powered blinds to reveal a luscious panoramic view of the grape wines. Then, she popped two bottles of Prosecco just for me. One was a Brut, and the other was extra dry.

Unfortunately, Elana didn’t speak much English. And, I don’t speak any Italian. There was a lot of awkward silence. I used hand signals, body language, and facial expressions to express myself. I have no idea how much of it she understood. And that was okay. Ultimately, she understood I liked the wine. So that’s really all that mattered.

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Pasticceria Dolomiti

Since you’re in Italy, you owe it to yourself to make sure you get your fill of pastries. And I have a pastry Shop for you. Pasticceria Dolomiti is also a charming place to start with a coffee. It’s also a great place to end the day with some sparkling wine too.

Owner Giuseppe picked out four of his favorites for me to try. The blueberry tart with lemon and cream is absolutely luscious. It’s almost life-affirming and delicious. Every bite seemed a little decadent for breakfast. However, it was something I’d eat again if I were in the Veneto region of Italy.

Guisseppe says the success of his pastry shop rests on the use of excellent and quality ingredients. And, I agree. I loved talking about ingredient quality, their recent pastry-tasting trip to Chicago, NYC, Toronto, and Boston, wine, and much, much more. Consequently, I took their recommendations for the wineries I visited during my trip.

The Ruggeri Winery

Finally, if you make it to the end of the trail, go to Ruggeri in Valdobbiadene. And you can’t go wrong trying any of the spectacular Ruggeri’s sparkling wines.

If I remember correctly, there were more than 10 different Proseccos to choose from. But make sure you try the Vecchie Viti, which means “old vines.” Fewer than 5,000 bottles are made every year, and they are made from hand-selected vines between 80 and 100 years old.

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    1. duffelbagspouse

      Thats the fun part. No matter where you go you’ll run into someone who knows everything and wants to share it. You smell, listen and then do whatever you want to do.

  1. Surekha Busa

    Wow, that is such a wonderful place and it is really feel so relaxing to be there most especially the wine testing.

  2. Lexi

    I would love to go wine tasting! I’m not a huge wine drinker but I feel like it’s a must do in Italy ! Thanks for sharing

  3. catherine shane

    What a beautiful place to visit hope and i wish someday i will travel to experience those things such as a wine tasting, how to pick the grapes and so many more about ITALY.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I have a few friends who don’t drink. I still like them, lol. But they still go got the wineries because they have non alcoholic beverages too. Its often an awesome foodie experience.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      They are often located in beautiful places with great food, music and people. They also serve non alcoholic drinks and ciders too. So check one out in your area.

  4. Som Tripathi

    The breathtaking beauty of vineyards and amazing delicacies. This seems like a recipe for an amazing holiday destination,
    loved your article thanks for sharing.
    Those are some delicious looking pastries by the way.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Italy is high on the list, but Germany tops the list– it is so beautiful. the wine is delicious, the vineyards are open to the public and I love the wine festivals and experiences they offer.

  5. Terri

    I dream of visiting Italy one day and their vineyards. I am a wine lover myself, but never knew about the Prosecco Road. The scenery is stunning!

  6. Terri

    I dream about visiting Italy and their vineyards. I actually never knew about the prosecco road. The views are stunning.

  7. Joan Cajic

    Those pastries look really,good. I have to admit I don’t drink sparkling wine but I know many people love Prosecco. Anything bubbly for me is a no no but I will try it one day. Hopefully.

  8. duffelbagspouse

    Tara, lol the more the better in my opinion. I never once felt guilty and brought back more pastry memories than pastry regrets.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I never complained or felt the least bit guilty. When it comes to Italian coffee and pastries– more is better.

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