Welcome to our new series; towns and villages along the Prosecco Trail. Although we have previously indicted our readers about the route the trail takes, we are now going to look more closely at the towns and villages that line the way and their associated winerys. Each month we will look in detail at a specific place and highlight its treasures!
Of course we know the Prosecco trail begins in Conegliano. It has an area covering over 500 hectares in vine as befits one of the two capitals of Prosecco – Superior DOCG. Conegliano is a stunning town and and prides itself on being an entry into wine culture.From an historical point of view the town is revered for its architecture and artistic connotations. The beautifully frescoed Renaissance buildings that order the Contrada Grande used to house the town’s most esteemed families, and Conegliano is also renowned as the birthplace of the painter Cima da Conegliano.
The castle dates from the medieval period and at the foot of the castle you will find the incredibly important “Cerletti” Enological Institute (The School of Oenology). The school was founded in 1876, and it has served as a nucleus for scientific and technological research in modern Italian Enology. On the schools grounds you can also visit the Enoteca Veneta, that offers a broad selection of the regions wines.
There are too numerous tasting opportunities in Conegliano to list here. The best option is to contact the tourist information office where you will be able to obtain list of participating venues and be able to plan your visit with military precision – it would be a shame to miss anything!