DOCG area for sparkling wines (Spumante), semi-sparkling wines (Frizzante) and still wines (Tranquillo) in the Italian region of Veneto. The former DOC area was highly qualified in 2009. The former IGT area Prosecco was classified as DOC area in this context. Alternatively, the names Conegliano Prosecco or Valdobbiadene Prosecco are also allowed on the label, which is mostly used by producers from the two municipalities, also because of local pride. By the way, in 2019 the whole Prosecco area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the category "cultural landscape"
The zone covers the hilly area between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene with 4,500 hectares of vineyards in 15 municipalities. These are Cison di Valmarino, Colle Umberto, Conegliano, Farra di Soligo, Follina, Miane, Pieve di Soligo, Refrontolo, San Pietro di Feletto, San Vendemiano, Susegana, Tarzo, Valdobbiadene, Vidor and Vittorio Veneto in the province of Treviso. The Cartizze area is a south-facing position in the municipal area of Valdobbiadene. It comprises 107 hectares of vineyards in a purely southern exposure, spread over the districts of Saccol, San Pietro di Barbozza and Santo Stefano in the municipality of Valdobbiadene. This area is considered the best in terms of quality. These wines can also be called Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze or Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze.
The DOCG classification also introduced the new "Rive" typology, derived from the local dialect, which applies to the 43 steepest hillsides (corresponding to Grands Crus). Of these, 12 correspond to municipal areas and 31 to sub-areas of municipalities. A rive is produced exclusively as a spumante from grapes grown in a commune or part of a commune. It may not be marketed until 1 March of the year following the harvest. One possible designation is Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rive di San Pietro.
With the upgrading to DOCG, the name was also changed in 2009. The former grape variety name Prosecco is now protected by EU law as a designation of origin only. The wines must contain at least 85% Glera (formerly Prosecco Tondo), in the area of Cartizze 100%, the remaining 15% can be in free use the varieties Bianchetta Trevigiana, Glera Lunga (formerly Prosecco Lunga), Perera and Verdiso. There are the wine types Prosecco (Tranquillo), Frizzante, Spumante Superiore and Spumante Superiore di Cartizze. The Spumante is produced in the flavours extra brut, brut, extra dry, dry and demi-sec. From 2019 the "Sui Lieviti"(sur lie) type was introduced. Another DOCG area for Prosecco in Veneto is Colli Asolani Prosecco.
Picture: Consorzio Prosecco