Story and photo gallery by Dwight Casimere
TREVISO, Italy--Largely crafted by hand and tied to the history and culture of this picturesque city, Prosecco DOC is a liquid treasure. I had an opportunity to meet the people behind its production in a unique setting; the headquarters of the Consorzio Di Tutela Prosecco DOC in the heart of downtown Treviso. Winding my way through its narrow, cobblestoned streets, across stone bridges spanning the city's many rivers, through public squares sprawling with art work and tables of handcrafted items in open-air markets, I made my way up the marble staircase of an ancient building that resembled an art museum with a pleasant sculpture garden. Upstairs in a huge, well-lit room, a dozen or so producers of Prosecco DOC were waiting behind tables with decorative ice buckets filled with the golden, straw-colored bubbly refreshment that is becoming so popular around the world; Prosecco DOC.
With its distinctive flowery bouquet and fresh, lively flavor, Prosecco DOC is the ultimate simple, yet sophisticated wine that typifies the ultimate Italian lifestyle. Produced in northeast Italy in the territories of five provinces of the Veneto; Treviso, Venice, Veniza, Padua and Belluno, and four provinces in Fiuli Venezia Giulia; Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste and Udine, the wine is a stunning achievement that marries personal artistry with technology and a love of the land and its resources.
Chairs were lined up at the perimeter of the tasting tables so that visiting international wine journalists could sit with the winemakers for personal interviews and tasting sessions, "speed dating" style, only, the interviews were conducted in an informal, unhurried fashion that allowed for personal interchange and a deeper understanding of the philosophy and technique behind this special sparkling beverage.
Here are a few of the faces and personalities behind the bottles of Prosecco DOC: