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THE GEOGRAPHY OF PROSECCO DOCG

THE GEOGRAPHY OF PROSECCO DOCG

 

The morphological and geographical area of grape cultivation from where we obtain the classified wine, “Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG“, is composed of a chain of hills in the pre-alps, defined as “hogback” hills. They face from north - south in the southern most parts and east - west in the northern parts. From the north, the hills are separated by a series of small valleys and streams that protect the area from the cold northern winds of the Dolomite Mountains. From the south, the area delights in the warm temperatures of the Venetian Laguna, which sits at a distance of only 40 km.

The east-west layout of the hilly terrain, the steep slopes and the resulting south-facing vineyards allow maximum sunlight, creating an ideal area for the cultivation of white grapes. The unique, varying soils of the area have their origins in elevated sea beds that were subsequently modified by the action of glaciers and rivers. They are predominantly made up of sandstone, clay, marble and stone, which alternate between morainic and alluvial layers. This profile favours the constant drainage of water needed for Glera grape cultivation.

 The climate of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene area is temperate with well-outlined seasons and it is characterised by a thermal night-time inversion that allows, during the ripening period of the grapes, marked changing temperatures between night and day, caused by the fresh air from the pre Alps that runs along the descending slopes of the hills. Frequent rains in the summer period ensure sufficient water intake for the Glera grape, which eliminates any problems with both water stagnation and drought levels.

 Article translated from, DISCIPLINARE DI PRODUZIONE DEI VINI A DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA E GARANTITA "CONEGLIANO   VALDOBBIADENE - PROSECCO" - Articolo 9.