Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG or Conegliano Prosecco DOCG or Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG | Sparkling white wine made from the Glera (formerly Prosecco grape) grown in the original and hilly Prosecco production zone (detailed below), between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (whence the name) in Treviso province in the Veneto region of northern Italy.
The blend | 85-100% Glera and 0-15% Verdiso, Bianchetta Trevigiana, Perera, and Glera Lunga. The wines can be labelled as ‘frizzante’ or ‘spumante’ or ‘spumante Superiore’. See also the tiny but celebrated sub-zone of Cartizze.
Production zone | Hill sites in the following communes: 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. | Vittorio Veneto.
Viticulture | Minimum vine density of 2,500 vines per hectare. Emergency irrigation is permitted. Maximum base yields are 13.5 tonnes per hectare, reduced to 13 tonnes for wines bearing a site-specific name or ‘Rive‘. 20% extra is allowed in favourable years.
Winemaking | The minimum potential alcohol for the grapes at picking is of 9.5%. This is reduced to 9.0% for Spumante Superiore and Frizzante. Machine picking is permitted except for wines bearing a site-specific name or ‘Rive‘.
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