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Why is Prosecco wine called precisely Prosecco?

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Why is Prosecco wine called precisely Prosecco?

On 7 July 2019, Veneto and the whole of Italy toasted to the Prosecco Hills, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The World Heritage Committee decreed this during its 43rd session held in Baku in Azerbaijan, which recognized the importance of the wonderful area of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene and enlisted it for its unique and wonderful natural, cultural, landscape and of course wine-making characteristics. It is well known that the Prosecco produced here is appreciated all over the world, so much so that today it is one of the best-selling wines abroad and unfortunately also counterfeited: 'Kressecco' and 'Semisecco 'wines are just perfect examples.

But did you know that Prosecco was already treasured and appreciated by the Ancient Romans?

That's right, Prosecco wine has origins that date back to the era of Ancient Rome. It was produced with the Glera grape, grown in the area where the Castello di Moncolano stood, also known as Torre di Prosecco, overlooking the Gulf of Trieste. From the pressing of these golden grapes came the Puccino wine (from the Latin Puxinum), one of the most appreciated Italian wines by the Romans for its fruity and fresh taste, sought after by the great lords and exported throughout the area. Therefore, at a certain point, the inhabitants of Trieste felt the need to distinguish their prized local wine from the one produced in the surrounding areas, such as in Gorizia and Istria. They decided to give this precious drink a name that was a reminder of that particular place. The choice fell precisely on the name ‘Prosecco’, a name deriving from the fact that the Glera vine has always been cultivated in the area of the Tower of the same name.

Later on, between the 18th and 19th centuries the cultivation of the Prosecco grape expanded throughout the Veneto-Friuli hilly area, eventually becoming in the mid-1900s the undisputed king of the Valdobbiadene-Conegliano area.

By the way, how about a nice glass of Prosecco to celebrate? The best thing would be to sip it while admiring the rolling hills where this delicious wine is produced ... come with us to discover this magical area with our personalized tours! We are waiting for you!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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