Rome [ENA] Italy is seeking to have the hills around the Veneto towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene where the world famous Prosecco sparkling wine is made put on UNESCO's world heritage list, ANSA sources said on January 25. Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina has signed the dossier for the bid for UNESCO status, the sources said. The dossier will be scrutinized by the Italian UNESCO Committee which will decide.
The terrain of choice for the production of Prosecco is the territory of Marca Gioiosa et Amorosa, and in particular the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene from which the Denomination of the same name is taken. The 'Strada del Prosecco' is the route which winds through hills and vineyards, and the traveler can discover flavour and history while in search of all the secrets that this jewel in the crown of Trevisan excellence nurtures. The farming activity that takes place in the territory is made of excellent cultivations which include innovative plantings and art and nature blend together.
The hills around Valdobbiadene and Conegliano are not only famous for their delicious white wines, Prosecco and Cartizze but they have a lot of interesting locations to visit and admire, too. The Castle of Conegliano and its medieval centre, the Abbey of Follina, the Cansiglio Forest, the complex of the Caglieron caves, the watermill Molinetto della Croda, Collalto castle and other castles, Ceneda and Serravalle in Vittorio Veneto, the Valley, the castle ‘Castelbrando’ and the lakes in Revine. Among the pre-Alps, the valley Valmareno and the Cansiglio upland, there is one of the largest and better safeguarded forests that exist in Italy. It owes its richness to the historical wine route of Prosecco.
The northern area of the Marca has ancient origins that go back to the Paleovenetian civilization. In the valley Valmareno Romans established a centuriation. Afterwards the Franks came here during the Middle Ages, and then there was the period of the bishopscounts, and later the period of the Serenissima Republic of Venice. Today, there is still a street that goes back to the period of the Venetian rule and it linked the Venetian lagoon with the Austrian Dolomites. Now, this street is called Pontebbana until the area near Conegliano, but northward it still keeps the Castelfranco Veneto Asolo original name of the nineteenth century ‘Via d’Alemagna’.
This zone is characterized by the presence of military garrisons, walled towns, fortified villages, several churches and noble buildings. The towns in this area are Vittorio Veneto and Conegliano and they are famous for being the birthplace of the painter Giovanni Battista Cima, also called Cima da Conegliano (c. 1459 – c. 1517) . Anyway, the prosperity of the northern area of the Marca is due to the vine growing and the production of Prosecco wine. The vine variety lends itself particularly well to the production of sparkling wine but to still wines as well, which emerge light and fruity to the palate. In all cases the wine presents a dull straw-yellow colour and tenuous floral and fruity aromas.
The body is delicate and light perceived through a refreshing acidity and good overall harmony. The increase in levels of sugar amplifies the aromatic expression of the grape. Thanks to the admirable combination of climate and terrain of a small cru at Santo Stefano of Valdobbiadene, a spumante of sublime and renowned quality is obtained - the Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze. This spumante is smooth and dense in colour with inviting aromas and a rounded taste. It is excellent as an accompaniment for desserts and small cakes and pastries.