Prosecco is more than just another wine and its history is as interesting as the story of its name. In the Triestine dialect, prosecco means “chopped wood”. Once upon a time, woods were chopped down to create a space where wine could be cultivated. This place actually exists in the province of Trieste. Prosecco is a small town of just over a thousand souls, located in the upper carso area, whose name has been given to one of the world’s best-known and best-loved wines. The chalky terrain of these high planes encouraged the development of grape production. The fortunate combination of altitude, micro-climate and the proximity of the sea and its constant, dry breezes have ensured that the terrain where the grapes grow remains dry and healthy, unaffected by mould or parasites, encouraging the growth of strong and healthy vines which produce perfect grapes for wine production. As the centuries passed, cultivation of Prosecco grapes moved towards the area where it is currently produced, o the east in the province of Treviso, between Conegliano, Asolo and Valdobbiadene, and was finally abandoned by the Collio region and the expert wine producers of Trieste.
Today Prosecco is a record-breaking wine, which has even surpassed the famous French Champagne to become the king of aperitifs, for formal and informal occasions, from gala dinners to family tables with recipes from all over the world. Its good fortune not only is due to its intrinsic qualities but also the dedication with which its production has been perfected, in order to produce a wide range of offers. Prosecco offers still and fizzy varieties – both dry wines – as well as a spumante version available dry, extra-dry and brut. However, Prosecco is only produced in Italy, in its area of origin in the north east. The grape itself, cultivated elsewhere, does not produce real Prosecco, just one of its many imitations. As every expert knows, the terroir makes the difference. Throughout the Twentieth Century, there have been various attempts to produce these extraordinary little bubbles on other continents but the real Prosecco is only produced in the authorized locations not far from Venice.