Last week, I spent a glorious week criss-crossing Italy. It started with
a couple of days in Sicily with Donnafugata, including a trip to the magical island of Pantelleria. Then, after an early morning transport from Marsala to Palermo, I met up with the rest of my group for a memorable Ryan Air flight up to Treviso, in the heart of the Veneto and Prosecco country.
There, we were whisked off to Conegliano, the home of one of the best Prosecco producers, Masottina.
Masottina is nestled in the extreme eastern portion of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG with beautiful vistas of Glera vines that seem to lead right up to the pre-Alpes.
Inside the winery, we had a quick tasting, laying out the differences between DOC and DOCG as well as an overview of the regions within the DOCG.
The Masottina Proseccos are simply some of the best I have tried.
We then stormed the Conegliano castle for lunch.
I could post countless picture of the food I consumed over the week, but none was as festive as Risotto a la Prosecco.
And there was plenty of Prosecco…
…and I did my best to consume my share (and then some).
After a quick van ride, we boarded a speed boat to head into Venice for dinner…
…after a quick spritz (or two).
Loads of seafood to be had in Venice.
Sadly, we left Venice after dinner, but the Grand Canal at night is breathtaking.
The following day started with a stop at Molinetto Della Croda, a 17th Century mill.
We then headed to Follina and the stunning cloisters at the Abbazia di Santa Maria.
We then took the Prosecco road, which passes through the tiny town of Rolle.
Until you see the hills of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG, you really can’t understand how spectacular it is.
After a quick café in Valdobbiadene…
…we had time for one more lunch…
…before heading back south to Puglia.
Thanks so much to the wonderful Dal Bianco family (Adriano, Franca, Federico, and Filippo), and the indefatigable Simona Governanti at Masottina for a wonderful 48 hours in the Veneto!
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