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Treviso: Strada del Prosecco

Treviso:  Strada del Prosecco
The roads making up this bubble-based odyssey are home to more wineries than I could hope to list here. Or remember, after the first two or three glasses of Italy’s finest fizz. Martin Guttridge-Hewitt hits the road.
 
 
Enjoying a glass of prosecco beneath the northern Italian sun is one of life’s most delicious experiences. After all, the sparkling wine has had to travel mere metres from producer to palette.
 
Of course this isn’t the only reason to take a punt on the Treviso region, but it is by far the biggest. Located just one hour’s drive from Venice Marco Polo airport, or thereabouts, the area is comparatively quiet when you consider St. Mark’s Square, but nevertheless offers attractions in abundance for thirsty tourists with an appetite.
 
Not least if you arrive around this time of year. The Dolomite foothills close by play host to the annual Primavera del Prosecco, a multi-village festival celebrating the locality’s finest produce, running from March to July.
 
Meanwhile, at all other times, the Strada del Prosseco- the country’s oldest wine trail- has enough to keep anyone interested.
 
A 25-mile route, littered with century old churches and villas, the roads making up this bubble-based odyssey are home to more wineries than we could hope to list here. Or remember after the first two or three glasses of the infinitely drinkable D.O.C.G. variety, Italy’s finest fizz. That said, our time at Ca Salina was truly unforgettable, with its open air tasting terrace providing stunning vistas, and the natural wooden hues of the building’s interior event space boasting a unique charm.
 
Just a few clicks east, and Colvendra is another winery that can’t be overlooked. Owned by the same family for
Treviso:  Strada del Prosecco
eons, it’s arguably best known for contributing to the mere 7,000 bottles of Refrontolo Passito this entire region creates each year, a tipple that must be amongst the world’s greatest reds designed to accompany desert. Nevertheless, though, anything you drink here is guaranteed to make a mark.
 
Although relatively microscopic, and void of anything one could ever describe as nightlife, the tiny rural settlement of Pieve Di Soligo is a great base for any trip to these locations. Aside from being a central point on the ‘prosecco road’, the village and surrounds boast some of the best restaurants this nation of food lover’s has to offer, favourites as they are with politicians, home-grown celebrities, and the well-heeled. Not that you should expect to pay anything close to the prices charged in nearby Milan, Venice, or Como.
Take the excellent Locanda Da Lino, for example. A beautiful, historic farmhouse just off a narrow country lane in the whistle-stop community of Solighetto, the tasting menu covered everything from locally reared lamb to delicate tortellini, all of which were matched with some of the finest wines we’ve had the pleasure of sampling, either whilst touring Italy or back in Britain. A selection of flavours so good it’s hard to pick out the best, everything from pasta stuffed with pumpkin and topped with ricotta, to duck served fresh on the bone, and a bowl of prosciutto and artichokes, were all too good not to mention.
 
And this is before we come to the refreshing Follador Brut Rose Prosecco, or plumy Sorelle Branca Ardesco Rosso, with its blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, both poured as accompaniments. Enough to make anyone feel suitably fed and watered, thankfully there are also a small number of individually designed suites available upstairs to rest the stomach in, each named after native celebrities that have stayed the night. Founded by Lino Toffolin back in the 1960s, his focus on seasonal food with personality remains now his son and daughter run the kitchen and front of house respectively.
 
Not so far away and another epicurean delight can be found. Alla Cima enjoys a breathtaking position up in the hills, overlooking endless vineyards and serene hamlets. A traditional trattoria frequented by the great and good, again it’s almost impossible to choose a winner from the cuisine contenders. The fresh asparagus and soft casatella cheese, an artisan creation originating from these very valleys, was phenomenal, although this isn’t to say the salami and ricotta puree wasn’t also exquisite. Better yet, the establishment also corks its own branded Valdobbiadene Prosecco.
 
We could go on, for much, much longer. For instance, Conegliano, the nearest significant town (steeped in history and beautiful buildings), is home to the country’s oldest and most respected wine school, Scuola Enologica di Conegliano. A visit, if you have the opportunity, is an absolute must- especially as a bottle of prosecco made at this seat of learning will set you back no more than about €6. That’s despite having a piquancy one would expect to pay far more for. Something of a dream holiday for anyone with taste buds then, that it’s so easily accessible from most parts of the world makes booking a flight almost impossible to resist.
 
Fly from London Gatwick to Venice Marco Polo Airport with easyJet, British Airways, Thomson, and Monarch from £84
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Ca Salina
Via S. Stefano n. 2
31040 Valdobbiadene TV
+39 0423 975296

Colvendra
Via Liberazione, 39 (loc. Drio Col)
31020 Refrontolo (TV) Italy
+39 0438.894265

Locanda Da Lino
Via Roma 19  
31050 Solighetto (TV)
+39  0438 82150

Alla Cima
Via Cima 13
31040 S. Pietro di Barbozza, Valdobbiadene
+39 0423 972 711

Scuola Enologica
Via Via XXVIII Aprile 20
Conegliano
31015 - Treviso
+39 0438/61421 - 61524
 
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14 August 2013
By: Martin Guttridge-Hewitt
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