There are a small number of terroirs or vineyards within the DOCG zone which are thought to produce particularly excellent Prosecco. These terroirs (which can be as small as a single vineyard) provide the crus of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, and their Prosecco is distinguished by its unique characteristics and inimitable quality.
Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze DOCG (sparkling)
Superiore di Cartizze refers to a small terroir of just 106 hectares in the Valdobbiadene commune. The ground here is made up of clay, moraines and sandstone, a combination which encourages excess water to be quickly drained after heavy rainfall, while also providing a constant water supply. Together with the mildness of the local microclimate, these soil conditions are perfect for the cultivation of Prosecco grapes, and they encourage well-balanced vines to flourish.
The Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze DOCG is a superb spumante, with a rich colour and an intensely fresh and fruity aroma. Notes of apricot and citrus fruits mingle with apples, pears, roses, and sugared almonds, and very fine bubbles enhance the wine’s subtle tanginess. Recently, the Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze has begun to be produced as a ‘brut’ Prosecco, but the more common style is the ‘dry’, which is a great accompaniment for traditional Italian cakes, fruit tarts and shortbread.
Il Rive Prosecco Superiore DOCG (sparkling)
In local dialect, ‘il rive’ is a term used to indicate an area of vineyard on a particularly steep ground. There are 43 rive in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene zone. Each one has its own distinct characteristics, and refers to a small area – often no more than a single commune or hamlet – in which the Prosecco grapes are cultivated. With over forty different rive, this category of Prosecco allows the connoisseur to experience the differences and similarities between the various terroirs of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene area. In order to qualify as an Il Rive Prosecco, the grapes must be picked by hand (with harvests limited to 13 tonnes per hectare), and the label on the bottle must state the vintage and terroir of the wine. Il Rive Prosecco is always fully-sparkling, or spumante.
Frizzante Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco (semi-sparkling)
This type of Prosecco is most commonly produced using the Charmat Method, however, when it is obtained using the méthode champenoise, it is a superb representation of the age-old vignerons’ tradition. With classic straw colour and rich floral notes, this fresh and informal frizzante is best served at 8?C, with hors d’oeuvres or simple rice and pasta dishes.
Tranquillo Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco (still)
This is a still Prosecco, which is certainly less well-known than the other types, and rarely exported outside of the region. The grapes are harvested at the peak of ripeness, from densely planted vineyards which give relatively low yields. This pale gold tranquillo Prosecco is animated by notes of apple, pear, almonds and honey, and is best served between 8 and 10?C, with seafood or other light dishes.
DOCG Prosecco Producers Directory
For a full list of DOCG Prosecco producers including a map and search facility please see our Prosecco producers page.