Italy, with its rich culture and art, famous attractions and delicious food is a travel destination enjoyed by many.
In this 12 part series, Back 2 Basics Tradition’s “12 Day Culture Guide to Italy” will be showing you special and unique locations, people, experiences, and of course food and wine that you will not want to miss on your next Italian adventure.
We were priviliged to “road test” these experiences on our recent travels to Italy – so we know you will enjoy them too!
Located in the province of Treviso, in the Veneto region, Valdobbiadene is well known for its steep hills where vineyards produce the ‘Glera’ variety of grapes. Many believe that vines grown in challenging terrains produce higher quality grapes as the roots of the vines dig deep into the ground providing access to greater nutrients and water. It is therefore not surprising that Valdobbiadene ‘Glera‘ is used to produce one of the world’s best dry sparkling white wines, known as Prosecco.
Prosecco & The Pdc Experience
Wanting to find some of the best Prosecco, we followed rave reviews and ventured into the heart of the Cartizze hills, to find Pdc [http://www.cartizzepdc.com/en], one of very few remaining wine producers making organic Prosecco. Pdc is run by Pietro De Conti, a second generation winemaker who is deeply passionate in his pursuit of producing world-class Prosecco by following traditional wine making practices.
At Pdc, while enjoying the magical views of the Cartizze hills, we were treated to an intimate wine degustation class, tour of the vineyard and winemaking facilities. Pietro discussed in detail, the lay of the land, the weather patterns produced by the area’s hills and valleys and why the grapes produced are of the highest quality. He is a marvellous host, adept in speaking both English and Italian, and keen to share the intricacies that go into making both Pdc’s Brut and Dry Prosecco.
Exploring the Cartizze Hills
There is an abundance of locations and experiences to be had in and around the Cartizze region. The local town square is dotted with many small Aperitif bars and restaurants and is a lively buzz every Monday with the weekly farmer’s fresh food market. The town’s church, San Floriano, matches its inside beauty with pristine views of the whole wine region, especially during the evening.
Magic of the Dolomite Mountains
Not far away you also have access to the wonderfully blue Lake Sorapis and more amazing views, fresh air and steep pathways of the Dolomite mountains.
Have you experienced some other attractions of Valdobbiadene? Then let us know in the comments below.