Prosecco DOC is a white, Italian sparkling wine and is now the most consumed wine worldwide.
Prosecco is made in the Veneto district of Italy, from a grape called, Glera. It is made with a simple method known as the “tank method”. The result is a creamier texture, larger bubbles, and lower acidity; and compared to other types of sparkling wine, it tends to be brighter and fruitier with notes of apples, pears, and citrus.
Unsurprisingly, Prosecco DOC, symbol of refinement, is often served as a celebratory drink for special occasions. Real Italian Prosecco bottles are labelled with the acronyms DOC and DOCG, which mean: Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). These certifications are a guarantee of quality and authenticity.
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Prosecco DOC or DOGC can be found in the Northeastern region in Italy, Veneto. One of the cities that can boast of being the home of this sparkling wine is Vicenza. Vicenza is located at the junction of the Retrone and Bacchiglione rivers, surrounded by the Berici Hills. Neighboring cities include Venice (60 km away) and Milan (200 km away).
VICENZA – REFINED
Vicenza lies along the Bacchiglione River. Historically, the Venetian nobility has chosen this location to build magnificent villas that showcase the talent of architect Andrea Palladio. The Prosecco DOC that comes from this territory has a velvety but at the same time enveloping character, like an Argentine tango, capable of leaving its mark.
Vicenza, like many other Italian cities, is not indifferent to art. Its ‘unique appearance,’ largely owing to the work of influential sixteenth-century architect Andrea Palladio, has led to the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.
If you plan on visiting the city in the spring, don’t miss out on the popular wine festival known as Cantine Aperte, which takes place at the end of May, where thousands of wine lovers flock to Vicenza to discover the local cellars and farmhouses belonging to the “Movimento Turismo del Vino mondo dei vignaioli”.
Interesting FACTS about Vicenza
- The city of Vicenza has featured in several Hollywood films, such as « I Dreamed of Africa » (2000) starring Kim Besinger, « Ripley’s Game » (2001) starring John Malkovich and Ray Winstone, « The Merchant of Venice » (2004) starring Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino and « Casanova » (2005) starring Heath Ledger.
- Vicenza is an economic and bustling hub among the different cities of Italy. Its industries include textiles (cotton, wool, silk), steel, gold and other jewelry, pottery, musical equipment, and computer parts. Agriculture and farming are also key economic factors, with wine, wheat, and olive oil as the main products.
- Italian Master of Architecture, Andrea Palladio, centered most of his work in the city of Vicenza. In the main city, there are 23 buildings built by Palladio. On the outskirts and borders of the city lie 10 Villas, designed by Palladio. Due to this fact, the city of Vicenza has been certified by UNESCO, as a World Heritage Site.