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.
FIVE FAST FACTS ABOUT PROSECCO
- 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.
- If you want to find an authentic bottle of Prosecco, look for labels that prominently say Conegliano or Valdobbiadene, followed by Prosecco Superiore.
- 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.
- Unlike red wine, Prosecco is fermented in steel tanks with pressure added to create the bubbles. The aging time is less than 6 months.
- 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
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.
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.