Explore the Enchanted Prosecco Area
Not every white sparkling wine is Prosecco. Not every Prosecco is a "Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano and Valdobbiadene." With fancy bubbles, still and quite as a robust farmer, charming as a regal Spumante. The delighting Cartizze Spumante, a hidden treasure along the "Strada del Prosecco".
Staying in the heart of the Prosecco area, Conegliano, during the tour we will explore the enchanting area, eating great food, sipping and enjoying many different kinds of Prosecco and learning a lot about this wonderful wine.
Saturday – Get settled, enjoy a welcome dinner at a winery, and receive an introduction to Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
We will meet at the Conegliano train station and provide private transfer to your hotel, which is a beautifully restored Palladian villa in the heart of Prosecco country. We can organize alternate transportation upon request if you arrive from other places.
Upon arriving at the hotel, we'll celebrate with a traditional aperitif as you settle into your rooms. We will visit a local winery in the late afternoon for your first Prosecco di Valdobbiadene wine tasting!
In the evening, we'll enjoy a welcome dinner together at the agriturismo of the winery amongst beautiful views of the Prealps of Belluno. We will feast on traditional foods, Italian salumi, and other indigenous wines that have all been rigorously prepared by the family using old recipes and methods.
Sunday – Visit a charming water mill and taste award-winning Prosecco di Conegliano
Sunday will begin with a visit to an antique water mill close to a water fall that is still producing flour today. We will then visit a winery in Conegliano that is run by a mother and her son. There we will taste their Proseccos made with natural fermentation that are brut and extra dry. You will discover why they won a competition in 2015 among more than 100 other wineries!
We will enjoy lunch together at a traditional trattoria visited just by locals, followed by a walk through Conegliano with an English-speaking guide. We will return to the hotel at the end of the day and have dinner nearby at a delightful restaurant.
Monday – Discover the hidden jewels and ancient towns of Veneto, grappa tasting
On Monday morning, we will stroll through Asolo, one of the most captivating towns of this medieval region. As you get lost in its streets, you'll discover interesting secrets of art, royal mansions, markets, delicatessen shops, and craftsmen workshops. At the same time, you'll enjoy beautiful vistas of the Veneto flatlands and the Alps in the distance.
We will then visit the winery of an old Palladian villa protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we will experience exquisite Italian art and architecture, as well as enjoy wine tasting and lunch at the osteria on the property. Later in the afternoon, we will tour Bassano del Grappa located on the Brenta river just beside Monte Grappa. In this area, we will visit a historical grappa producer for a tasting and enjoy a pleasant promenade under the radiant atmosphere of the town.
In the evening, we will return to our hotel and have dinner at a nearby restaurant that has an exceptional reputation.
Tuesday – Explore Treviso, shop at a fish and open market, castle visit, and dinner at a charming locanda
Tuesday will begin with exploring the noble and fascinating atmosphere of Treviso. The waterways and canals of the city are a true feast for the eyes! We will commence at the fish market and walk with a local guide to discover the artistic side and convivial character of this beautiful city.
A light lunch will be served in the Treviso center that features specialties of the local area, after which we will return to our hotel.
In the evening, we will drive to a marvelous hilltop castle where we will have an aperitif as we admire the stunning views of the valley below. We'll then enjoy a fantastic dinner at a welcoming trattoria close by.
Wednesday – Visit a cheese maker, cheese tasting, winery visit, and cooking class
Wednesday morning we will visit an Italian "latteria," or milk producer, which has been ran by the same family for many generations. Here we will taste cow, sheep, and goat cheese along with other traditional dairy products. We will enjoy lunch here as we learn about their traditions of cheese making.
In the afternoon, we will visit a beautiful, family-owned winery and agricultural company run by a mother and her four daughters. This winery is one of the cornerstones of the traditional Prosecco DOCG production and is considered one of the most important in the region.
We will take a cooking class in the large kitchen of this winery with a chef who will teach us how to cook delicious local dishes. We'll enjoy these dishes for dinner along with wonderful wines from the winery.
Thursday – Cartizze wine tasting, special coffee in Valdobbiadene, and farewell dinner
Thursday will begin with a drive toward Valdobbiadene. This is the only area that produces Cartizze, a superior variety of Prosecco. We will taste this special wine at a deluxe winery with captivating views.
We will then visit the little town of Valdobbiadene and stop for coffee at one of the smallest coffee roasters in Italy! We'll enjoy lunch at a nice trattoria in the nearby countryside.
In the afternoon, we'll return to our hotel and take pleasure in our farewell dinner together at one of the most elegant restaurants in the area.
Friday – Departure day
Departure after breakfast. Private transfer to train station in Conegliano.