Italian Bubbly: Toast to Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

Prosecco has long been synonymous with celebration, but now there’s an extra reason to break out the Italian bubbly – this year the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG region was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site by the Italian National Commission.

It has been a nearly 10-year process. In 2008 the campaign to have the region nominated was launched, and it was added to the tentative list for Italy in 2010. If approved, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG would join the Italian wine regions of Barolo and Pantelleria, which currently have UNESCO World Heritage status.

This hilly region is located between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the Treviso province in northeast Italy, and encompasses 15 municipalities where grapes are grown. In 1969 it was named a DOC, and elevated to DOCG in 2009. Click here for a helpful diagram and map that explains the difference between the greater Prosecco DOC and the more concentrated Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG.

Prosecco sparkling wines are made from the Glera grape, and get their bubbles via the Charmat method. This differs from the traditional method used with champagne, as instead of secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle it happens in a large closed tank.

Sparkling wines from Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG range from dry to sweet, and can be enjoyed on all sorts of occasions. Open a bottle to brighten up a weeknight, or toast with Prosecco for a birthday, anniversary or promotion.

Here are some bottles to try:

Sanfeletto Bosco di Fratta Extra Brut 2015
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
As written in my tasting notes, “first impression – yum!” Bright yellow in color, this Prosecco is dry with flavors of lemon and green apple, with energetic and elegant bubbles. $15

Val D’Oca Rive Di San Pietro Di Barbozza 2015
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Very pale yellow in color with subtle lemon aromas. The bright citrus notes are further expressed on the palate, with a touch of lemon meringue pie on the finish and small, lively bubbles. $15

Ruggeri Giustino B. Extra Dry 2015
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
This lightly sweet Prosecco has aromas of toasted bread and flavors of lemon meringue and banana. Soft bubbles help give it a creamy texture. $36

Mionetto Luxury Collection Dry NV
Cartizze Superiore DOCG
Light golden yellow in color with citrus and orange blossom on the nose, this Prosecco has flavors of golden apple and pear with creamy bubbles and a gentle sweetness on the finish. $16

If your Italian is a bit rusty (or nonexistent, that’s ok too), these names may seem like a mouthful. Fortunately with these and all Prosecco, the wines are approachable and easy to drink. And even if you can’t pronounce the name of the producer, you can’t help but feel happy when you hear the pop of the cork.

For more information on the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG and its wines visit www.prosecco.it.

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