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Exploring Prosecco: Northern Italy's Sparkling Wine Region

Prosecco, best known for its delicious sparkling wine, is a fantastic region for hiking, cycling, and cultural exploration in Northern Italy. Beautiful landscapes in the foothills of the Dolomites offer breathtaking vistas, perfectly complementing the gorgeous wines produced here!

Trip Overview

A famed Italian sparkling wine and a region in Northern Italy can only mean one thing – Prosecco of course! The Prosecco region lies 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Venice, halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains. The terrain here is beautiful – a hilly strip of land in the Veneto’s Treviso, between the small towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Elevations ranging from 50 and 500 meters (150-1,500') create steep sunny hillsides that have been covered with vines for generations. This verticality makes the area difficult to cultivate, much less for the vintners to stand on the hillside as they tend their grapes! But this has made Prosecco the wine all the more precious…
Topaz in color, with an intoxicating bouquet, Prosecco presents with ripe assorted apple, pear, some citrus, and often a hint of nutty almond, all intensified by the bubbles! How many bubbles? Your choice! Prosecco is made in a spumante style, with lots of bubbles, and frizzante, if you prefer fewer bubbles tickling your nose and palate. This versatile, food-friendly wine is primarily made from Glera (the grape formerly and more commonly known as "Prosecco"), though other varieties are permitted to be included in the blend.
Prosecco is made using the Charmat method, also called the "Italian Method." Similar to the traditional French méthode champenoise, Charmat forces the second fermentation to happen in a large stainless steel tank prior to bottling, rather than in the bottle like Champagne. The Charmat method is a less expensive way to push a wine through second fermentation, and is best used for sparkling wines that are meant to be consumed young and fresh – which is perfect for Prosecco!
The entire Prosecco region is full of charm and atmosphere. Historical and artistic attractions abound, from a 12th century abbey to Palladian Villas from the 16th century, to historic and contemporary wineries that produce Prosecco. What’s more, you’ll find exalted Michelin-star-rated restaurants that will amply complement the refined taste of the most renowned Proseccos available. And the entire region, with its exciting views and its natural beauty, is perfect for both hiking and cycling! Truly, the magnificence of the sparkling wine produced here mirrors the loveliness of the landscape, and is amply celebrated with the pop of a cork each day!

Highlights

  • Explore the Prosecco region of northern Italy, discovering the steep hillside vineyards and coveted sparkling wine they produce
  • Hike the Via Claudia Augusta, an ancient Roman road, and enjoy lunch at a winery that produces Cartizze, Prosecco’s most esteemed Cru

Day By Day

Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of the Dolomite Mountains Team and your mountain guide. Daily mileage and altitude gain may vary depending on the device used.

  • Day 1

    Relais & Châteaux in Follina

  • Day 2

    Relais & Châteaux in Follina

  • Day 3

Accommodation

Great hotels with Dolomite Mountains. Whether intimate lodge, family run B&B, or luxury spa resort, our hotels are unique, eminently local, and hard to leave.

At Dolomite Mountains, we hand pick accommodations that best reflect the style of each region, to provide you with the most authentic experience of the unique cultures found in the different cities and towns where we travel. We work directly with the owners of each property, forging strong relationships to ensure you receive the best service and care during your stay. Regardless of whether it is a five-star luxury hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast you desire, we choose the best-in-class accommodations within each category, providing you stays at the most sought after hotels in each region. And, we always make sure you have access to inspired, regional cuisine!

Cost

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions.

Self-Guided:
From €1.000 per person (based on 2 people)

Cost includes:

  • In airport transfers
  • Logistics
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Follina
  • All breakfasts
  • Local English-speaking hiking or biking guide for 1 day
  • Private transfers as per itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

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