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Wine Wednesday: The Prosecco Road

We love wine, but that wasn’t always the case. Neither of us really had much of a taste for wine until we moved to Italy. Part of the appeal of wine was visiting vineyards. They’re just so atmospheric! In spring, the new leaf shoots start appearing on the vines that had been cut back after the harvest; as summer days heat up, tiny grapes begin to appear; the onset of véraison signals the end of summer; and the fall sets the remaining leaves ablaze in a sea of gold. Particularly in Italy, vineyards are set amongst the most picturesque castles and hilltop towns. We’ve definitely visited some beautiful vineyards in the last couple of years, but the Prosecco Road, winding along spaghetti thin roads in the Prosecco Hills of Veneto has some serious wow-factor!

Strada del Prosecco

Strada del Prosecco

Just an hour’s drive north of Venice and a mere 30 minutes drive from our home in Italy, the Prosecco Road runs for nearly 20 miles from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene. The breathtaking wine region is full of small terraced vineyards planted on steep slopes almost exclusively dedicated to grapes for Italy’s famed sparkling wine. You won’t find any massive producers here. Small family-run wineries producing the light and crisp Italian bubbly line the Prosecco Road. They’ve remained small because the steep slopes make it difficult to mechanize the work and the traditional methods from more than 200 years ago are still used by growers in these hills today.

Driving the Prosecco Road is like a treasure hunt. Just around every bend in the narrow, winding road is a new spectacular landscape. I don’t think we’ve stopped to photograph scenic views so much since driving the cliff-hugging road in East Iceland. It was nearly 6pm and a Saturday, so we just cruised on by the handful of wineries we passed. Here in Italy, you actually won’t find many wineries open on a Saturday and the few that are close up the cantina (wine shop) before lunch. And without booking in advance, it’s near impossible to get a tour and tasting. So imagine my surprise when we passed by Ca’ Salina, which actually appeared open.

Ca' Salina Winery

Aperto on a Saturday evening!

Ca’ Salina was created by Riccardo Bortolin following the division of the Bortolin brothers from the famous and historic Bortolin winery in the 1950s. The winery sits on the top of a hill in the heart of the Valdobbiadene DOCG zone, which received its DOCG status in 2009. DOCG, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, is a quality control and DOCG labeled wines are analyzed and tasted by government–licensed personnel before being bottled.

Ca’ Salina’s DOCG wines come from their oldest and best vines. We tried the Rivete Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut. We don’t drink Prosecco often, but the dry and elegant fruity wine is perfect as an apertif or would be great with fish dishes.

We didn’t want to hold up the winery from closing and enjoying their evening, so we purchased one bottle and went on our way. I definitely want to drive the Prosecco Road again when the weather is better and we can visit a few wineries along the way!

Know Before You Go

  • Ca’ Salina is open daily from 9am – 7pm. Call in advance to book a tour and tasting. Tel. +39 0423 975296

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Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is based in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Jdomb's Travels was named one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. Her iPhoneograpy has also been featured on publications such as USA Today and Travel + Leisure. Google+

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  1. Devlin @ Marginal Boundaries

    I may not drink, but I can appreciate the beauty of wine country, Strada del Prosecco looks quite lovely.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Prosecco isn’t our favorite type of wine, but the Strada del Prosecco is easily one of the most beautiful wine areas we’ve seen in Italy.

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  2. Heather

    Mmmm I love Prosecco! Though driving that curving road after a few tastings might be a bit risky!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Ha! That’s definitely true! You always need a designated driver when tasting. Or you could taste properly by spitting…but I never like to waste good wine.

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  3. Kenin Bassart

    Wine country is always a nice place to visit. Lauren is a big fan of Prosecco and it’s one of the few sparkling wines I’ll actually drink.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    I’m not a huge fan of Prosecco on its own, but I do love it in a Spritz or a Bellini!

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  4. Christy

    I would be a total wino if I lived in Italy. :) This sounds lovely!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    We’ve definitely become winos since living here in Italy. If you come to Venice, let us know! We’d love to show you around our wine regions.

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  5. Sand In My Suitcase

    We love Prosecco. One charming palace-hotel in Venice we once stayed at puts out Prosecco in a chilled ice bucket for guests to help themselves to (complimentary) at cocktail hour. Enjoy your bottle! (Or has it already gone :-).

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Sounds like our kind of hotel!

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