A wine tour among hills, abbeys, ancient villages, and historic wine cellars along the Prosecco road, the oldest Italian wine route, riding a red Italian Vespa!
Sometimes we happen to discover places by chance. It happened to us with the Prosecco Road. We needed a break after a long journey on the road. Without any plan in mind, we decided to spend a night along the Prosecco Road and check this area out. Our old friend Roberto, owner of the Mianet winery, was waiting for us to join him on a very special wine tasting.
In his small kitchen, lit by candles and by the crackling of the fire in the fireplace, we began the tasting with a traditional wine – Nonno Miano, Roberto’s grandfather’s wine – and continued with four other Mianet wines. Every taste was accompanied by local products such as smoked cured meats and cheeses from nearby pastures. If you are looking for a truly unique wine tasting you can find Roberto in Via S. Rocco E. Cortivon 71A, Valdobbiadene (tel. 0423 981058). Highly recommended!
The next day the sun was shining and the view of the hills was breathtaking. After a couple of minutes, we figured that the Prosecco Road follows a circular itinerary from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene and vice versa. The northern part of the itinerary is the most scenic and crosses the Cartizze area, where the finest sparkling wine is made. Driving towards Santo Stefano we were enchanted by the sight of the hills covered with miles of green vineyards leaving room only for sporadic chestnut woods. Along this road we found many wineries offering tastings and retail sales of local wines or guided tours of the vineyards and production facilities. One of the oldest and most famous is Carpenè Malvolti, founded in 1868.
Where to eat along the Prosecco Road
Don’t miss the Osteria Senz’Oste. To get there, take the small road that runs among the vineyards until you reach the Osteria. The door is always open and the pantry overflows with local delicacies: cold cuts, bread, cheese. Each product has a tag with the value written on it (not the price). You make yourself at home, you serve yourself, you eat, you make an offer and you print yourself the receipt. There is also a dispenser for the wine. Walls and ceiling of the Osteria are covered with notes and photographs that witness the affection of the unknown guests. This place is a beautiful example of trust in the honesty of others!
What to see around the Prosecco Road
There are many villages in Veneto that deserve to be visited. Among our favorites: Conegliano, Vittorio Veneto, Oderzo, Asolo and Bassano del Grappa. But not far from the Prosecco Road you will also find the beautiful Treviso with its picturesque canals, ancient watermills and charming squares. The city walls surround the small medieval village where narrow lanes and romantic glimpses conquer inhabitants and visitors. Do not leave the city without a stop in one of the typical taverns and a taste of Prosecco and cicchetti (delicious local appetizers).
From Valdobbiadene and the Prosecco Road you can also reach Venice, the lagoon and the canals. The best way to visit Venice? A walk through the picturesque canals with many stops in the bacari – typical Venetian bars – for an Aperol Spritz and a sandwich. Do you want to visit the Venetian lagoon and the beautiful islands nearby? Here is the perfect itinerary for a day trip to the islands of Burano and Torcello!
How to get to the Prosecco Road
Valdobbiadene can be reached by train (Alano-Fener-Valdobbiadene stop, about 5 km from the town). The nearest airport is Treviso, 36 km away, while Venice airport is 70 km away. A bus service connects Valdobbiadene to Vittorio Veneto, Conegliano, Treviso, and other neighboring towns. But to zigzag among villages and vineyards, the best option is driving a car or, why not, a Vespa – you can rent one with Vespa Rent Dolomiti! Jump on the saddle and start your wine tour on the Prosecco Road!