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A Tour of Prosecco Road A peak into the hidden gem of the Veneto with bellasolo

Wine is one of my favorite travel inspirations. Where there is wine, I will go! I am a white wine lover at heart and I particularly love the bubbles. After a fantastic trip to the Champagne region of France in 2010, my Mom and I were inspired to travel to the land of Prosecco. As we researched, we realized this destination is definitely off the beaten path, so crafting a perfect itinerary took some time. Our hard work paid off because the results were fantastic! Our trip to the Veneto region was one of our best vacations to-date thanks to BellAsolo!

Veneto Region of Italy

The Veneto region is the fifth largest region in Italy. The well-known capital of Venice straddles the Adriatic Sea on the south and the Dolomite mountains border on the north. In between is a fabulous wine country centered on the towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano. When traveling north from Venice, you will go from lowlands to farmland to rolling hills to mountain tops. In the midst of the rolling hills is the beautiful Prosecco Road.

THE PROSECCO ROAD

The Prosecco Road

The current route of the Prosecco Road is the direct descendant of the White Wine Road, the oldest wine route in Italy. The route is a circuit of about 50 miles that connects the cities of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene through beautiful hilly countryside. There are wineries, exceptional restaurants, and Italian agriturismos all along the route. A trip through Prosecco Road is a perfect daytime excursion or an even better long weekend destination.

OUR ITINERARY

Prosecco Road was the inspiration for a larger trip to Italy in the Summer of 2017. We spent the first part of the trip in Venice, then headed to Prosecco Road, and from there we went to Florence and Tuscany. The whole vacation was epic, and I will be writing about other segments of the trip in future posts! The Prosecco Road portion was 4 days and it was a perfect destination for rest and relaxation between major city adventures. With a combination of a direct train and a private transfer, it only takes approximately 2 hours from Venice. You could do a full-day, round-trip excursion from Venice, however I would definitely recommend a 3-4 day stay in the area. There is so much to see and do!

BELLASOLO PROSECCO WINE TOUR

Through our research, we found a wonderful tour operator BellAsolo. They offer tailor made daily itineraries of destinations in and around the Veneto region. I requested information about their published Prosecco Wine Tour. Laura was responsive, friendly, and accommodating in the booking process. Not only did she handle our tour booking, but she also coordinated all of our private transfers in the area. We sped around Veneto in black car operated by a gentleman named Massimiliano - a fabulous experience! The Prosecco Road tour included Laura as our own personal, knowledgeable,and fun guide. Laura is very kind, smart, and easy to get along with - we loved spending time with her! Below is a snapshot of our tour itinerary.

Our wonderful stop at La Casa Vecchia. Emanuele was very knowledgeable and friendly!
Beautiful location for lunch at Locanda Sandi
Scenic driving tour along Prosecco Road, stopping at the Prosecco vending machine with Laura!
Learning more about Prosecco from the young daughter of the Gregoletto family! And this is where I purchased my favorite wine stopper - this special device can keep bubbles fresh for up to 5 days!

FIVE FAST FACTS ABOUT PROSECCO

  1. For a wine to be coined Prosecco Superiore, it has to be comprised of 85% of the Glera grape; for the highest quality variety look for those with a DOCG label.
  2. If you want to find an authentic bottle of Prosecco, look for labels that prominently say Conegliano or Valdobbiadene, followed by Prosecco Superiore.
  3. The Cartizze is a specific plot of land (260 acres) with some of the best sun exposure and soil conditions for most renowed variety of Prosecco Superiore.
  4. Unlike red wine, Prosecco is fermented in steel tanks with pressure added to create the bubbles. The aging time is less than 6 months.
  5. Against common belief, Prosecco is NOT a sweet wine. The varieties include Dry, Extra Dry, and Brut, with Brut being the driest respectively.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Villa Cipriani, Via Canova, 298, 31011 Asolo TV, Italy (Trip Advisor)

After a lot of research on hotels in the Veneto region near Prosecco Road, we landed on the BEAUTIFUL Villa Cipriani hotel in the quaint city of Asolo. Asolo is a historic walled town, that is also known as the "The City of a Hundred Horizons" for its mountain settings. The town is small, but there are wonderful restaurants and shopping to explore all within walking distance from the hotel.

The quaint streets of Asolo

Villa Cipriani is a luxury hotel offering 30 rooms, all of which are furnished with historic furniture and showcasing Italian craftsmanship. Our room had a lovely terrace that overlooked the valley. The hotel grounds are absolutely stunning, with beautiful landscaping and flowers.

The beautiful grounds of Villa Cipriani

By far, the best part of Villa Cipriani is the AMAZING infinity pool. Our afternoons spent relaxing and sipping prosecco at the pool are ones for the memory books!

A prize winning photo in the infinity pool!

In summary, our trip to Prosecco Road was unforgettable! Laura at BellAsolo made our dreams become reality by putting together a fabulous tour! Our time at Villa Cipriani was incredible and relaxing. Our only regret is not staying longer. We barely scratched the surface in our 4 days. Prosecco Road will be a repeat destination for our family in the future. Until then, I'll keep sipping my favorite Prosecco and dreaming of the sights, sounds, and tastes of this beautiful destination.

CIAO!

If you would like to learn more about traveling to the Veneto region, please contact me at laura@getoutthere.me or Laura at info@bellasolo.it

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