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We start our trip at Venice Airport, the gateway to one of the busiest cities in Europe. As the 60,000 daily tourists descend upon Venice’s narrow streets, we diverge from the crowds and head in a different direction: away from the city, and towards the little-known Prosecco Hills.
We arrive in Soligo, a small village located in the heart of the Prosecco Hills and, if you ask me, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. For one week, we walk amongst rolling hills, deciduous trees, olive groves and terraced vineyards.
Walking in the Prosecco Hills
My favourite walk takes us to the heartland of the Prosecco Hills. Following a series of gravel tracks, we ramble through family vineyards and sleepy hamlets. There is the crunch of our walking boots and the distant trill of a church bell. I think of Venice’s cramped streets and long queues, and I’m pleased I’m here in the serenity of the hills.
Walking along the Prosecco Road
Grapevines wind thickly across a wooden trellis as we observe deciduous woody vines and bunches of luscious grapes. We are accompanied by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable leader, Serena.
Having grown up in the region, her knowledge of the region is unrivalled. She’s the perfect person to show us the unsung delights of La Strada del Prosecco, or the Prosecco Road.
We reach a local family-run producer of Prosecco, San Gregorio, where all the harvesting is carried out by hand. Inscribed on each prosecco bottle are five roses, each symbolising one the five daughters in the family business.
Visiting a small producer like this, it’s impossible not to see the devotion, passion and care towards the production of Italy’s most prized sparkling wine: Prosecco!
San Gregorio Prosecco
We emerge onto an open-air terrace, where our visit is paired with a delightful lunch. We are presented with a spread of crispy bread, triangles of Italian cheese and Sopressa, an Italian salami local to the region. From creamy cheeses to mouth-watering charcuterie, the lunch partners perfectly with the prosecco tasting.
The bottles of San Gregorio conjure up fruity aromas, a vibrant taste and the crisp quality of a cold glass of bubbly on a hot day. I think to myself, we’d never have found this tiny vineyard on our own.
The informative tour and the award-winning prosecco experience brought a wonderful day in the Prosecco Hills to a close, though not without us choosing a couple of bottles to take home with us!
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