Sip Italy's best known sparkling wine at the wineries that produced it with this wine tour along the Prosecco Road, where many of the estates open their doors to visitors.
Take the Prosecco wine tour
Just a 30 minute drive from Venice in the region of Veneto lies the home of Prosecco. At its heart is the Prosecco road that runs through the Prosecco DOCG area from the town of Valdobbiadene in the west and Conegliano in the east.
This 20 mile road twists and turns through hilly vineyards, the narrow streets of tiny villages and along the tops of mountains.
On the Prosecco road
Dotted all the way along the Prosecco road are the DOCG wineries and vineyards.
Winery and vineyard tours and tastings are available, but they generally have to be booked in advance because wineries are often not open to passers-by.
There are a few companies that you can book private tours with who will take you to a couple of wineries. But, it’s just as simple – and maye even better – to do your own Prosecco wine tour.
Booking a taxi for the whole day is the best way to get the most out of your trip. That way, you can taste the Prosecco without worrying about the drink drive limit, and you can also pick and choose the wineries you want to visit.
Wineries to visit
Start your tour at Carpenè Malvolti, one of the older and larger family-run Prosecco houses, in the centre of Conegliano. Two of its Proseccos from the 2014 vintage won awards in the 2015 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
Via A. Carpene, 1
0039 0438 364611
As you head out along the road and the town of Conegliano fades into the distance, stop off at Bisol winery. Ian D’Agata gave their Superiore Brut 2013 90 points in a recent tasting.
Via Follo, 33
31049 Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene (TV)
0039 0423 900 138
Bortolin currently produce 350,000 bottles of Prosecco a year and was one of the first producers to move to the charmat method in the 1950s, when the owner bought some of the first autoclave and modern bottling machinery.
Via Menegazzi 5
31049 Valdobbiadene (TV)
0039 0423 900 135
Established in 1950, Ruggeri moved to its current premises in the early 1990s, where it processes 3,000 tonnes of grapes every harvest. They have a small vineyard of Cartizze and 20 hectares on the nearby Montello, with 12ha planted with Pinot Grigio and Glera.
Via Pra’ Fontana 4
+39 0423 9092
Nino Franco is one of the oldest wineries in Valdobbiadene, founded in 1919, and its owner was one of the first winemakers to export Prosecco. Call or email in advance to book a visit.
Via Garibaldi, 147
31049 Valdobbiadene (TV)
0039 0423 972 051
Pre-book a visit to the underground cellar and 17th Century Palladian-style villa.
Via Erizzo 112
Crocetta del Montello Tv
0039 0423 665 033
Just outside Conegliano, Zardetto has been making Prosecco for almost a hundred years. Prebook a visit at €15 (£11, $16) for a winery tour and wine tasting, or €25 for a winery tour, wine tasting and vineyard visit.
Z.I. Prealpi Trevigiane
31015 Conegliano (TV)
0039 0438 394 969
See also: Where to stay, eat and shop in Prosecco and Venice, by Fiona Sims
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Please note: Decanter does not specifically endorse the businesses listed below. Restaurant and hotel listings were based on those featured by Michelin in its regional guide.
Where to stay
Hotel Villa Soligo
Hotel Villa Soligo is an 18th century Venetian villa, restored with a restaurant that serves traditional Italian dishes and local specialities.
V. Marconi 2 – 31010 – Farra Di Soligo (TV)
0039 0438 842 025
Overlooking the River Soligo, Hotel Conta is in the heart of Pieve di Soligo’s old town. Bikes can be rented from the reception for a more adventurous tour of the area.
Borgo Stolfi, 25
31053 – Pieve di Soligo (Treviso)
0039 0438 980435
Hotel Villa del Poggio
With views of the mountains and vineyards, Hotel Villa del Poggio is a 10 minute drive from Conegliano.
Via Dei pascoli, 8
31020 San Pietro di Feletto (TV)
0039 0438 787154
Where to eat
Locanda da Condo
Stop off at this traditional eatery, a family run restaurant with first class, authentic dishes.
Via Fontana, 134,
31010 Col San Martino TV
Locanda da Marinelli
The chef changes the menu regularly depending on the season, as well as the well thought out wine list. The desserts are worth saving room for.
Via Castella, 5
31010 Col San Martino (Treviso)
0039 0438 987 038
If staying over stray away from the main Prosecco road and dine at La Corte. This one star Michelin has an interesting and extensive wine list and dishes of fish and seafood from the Venetian lagoon. Booking is essential at lunchtime.
Via Roma, 24
31051 Follina (Tv)
0039 0438 971 761