AsoloI picked up this bottle of Prosecco from Venegazzù Montelvini and studied the label carefully.  “DOCG Asolo” was written clearly, and yet, Italian Wine Geek that I am, I could not tell you that I had ever tasted a wine from this DOCG before.  A little digging revealed the reason- Asolo produces only 125,000 cases of DOCG Asolo Prosecco each year- compared to Conegliano-Valdobiadenne’s nearly 8 million cases of DOCG Prosecco!  Asolo DOCG

As you can see (in red above), Asolo sits just south of Conegliano- Valdobiadenne, and is much smaller.  Both DOCGs are surrounded by a (bubbly) sea of Prosecco, from the rest of the DOC zones.  As far as I understand, all Prosecco from the DOCGs and DOCs must be made with 100% Glera grapes.  It is the individual vineyards’ terroir and expositions that truly sets each bottling apart.Famiglia Serena

La Famiglia Serena… in vigna.

Venegazzù Montelvini is very recently being sold in the US- the Serena family has only found distribution here since 2013- but if the American thirst for Prosecco is any indication, I am sure they will be met with great success.  This bottle of bubbles was simply delicious!Mugsy loves the bubbles

The first thing I noticed, as soon as I popped the cork, was the explosion of aromatics- even before I poured the wine in the glass I could smell the ripe pears and yellow apples that are trademarks for great Prosecco.


Wines like this are perfect apperitivi wines- to go with little snacks and appetizers, also known as stuzzichini.  The bubbles are fine and frothy- celebratory and just plain fun to drink.  A wine like this, with such structure and balanced acidity, can also hold up to a sturdy dinner- even grilled steak and quinoa!

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Photo of Asolo- Land of Prosecco

I have never visited the production areas for Prosecco, but thanks to images like this photo of Asolo, it is high on my list of places to see.  I love sparkling wines and I drink them all the time. When there are so many terrible imitation-proseccos in the great sea of wine available to the American consumer, it is always a joy to find one like Venegazzù Montelvini that rings true of terroir and hand-crafted passion.

Thank you, famiglia Serena, for teaching us all a little bit more about what we affectionately call Proseccoland, and thank you for fighting the good (bubbly) fight.

Viva Asolo DOCG!


About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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11 Responses

  1. Stefano

    Nice review: I had also received samples of the Venegazzu’ Prosecco and published a review on my blog – I am happy to notice that we are pretty much on the same page in terms of conclusions. I think it is a solid Prosecco, especially considering its appealing price point in the US.
    Take care!

  2. Nicolò Seminara

    I am your fan, and iI live in Treviso, very very near to Proseccoland. I’ii be very very happy to guide you through my marvellous wine land. Nicolò Seminara

      • Noel Reid

        Really pleased you enjoyed the wines!
        The Millesimatto Prosecco Superiore shown is for sure just the most beautiful wine. Elegant an soft with notes of ripe apple and apricot.The 3 months of extra ageing makes a vast difference to the finished wine and shows what can really be done within the Asolo region.I returned from Asolo just last week having taken customers out to meet with the family and with Loris the export manager. They are great guys and certainly worth looking up if you are ever in the area.The little historic hillside town and fort of Asolo is also worth a visit.
        As the UK importers we were struck by the purity of the up front fruit. Asolo tend to be riper and softer than the ultra clean Valdobbiadene wines and for us provide wonderful fresh accessible wines for all to enjoy.
        Just for fun you should try the Giramondo Rosso Spumante they create! tremendous fun!

        All the very best

        Noel Reid
        Wine Buyer
        Frederic Robinson Ltd

  3. Vincent

    Prosecco in Montello existed for many years. Wines produced in 17 municipalities of Treviso include the denomination Montello e Colli Asolani DOC. Wines in this area are from grape varieties, Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco,Pinot Grigio and Prosecco, are good but not first class. Montello E Colli Asolani Prosecco comes in two varieties. Fizzy or Spumante. Good wines are produced by Villa di Maser. In 2011 Prosecco received its own denomination separating itself from the denomination Montello e Colli Asolani DOC and is marketed under the label Colli Asolani Prosecco DOC. You see there is nothing new under the sun only redefined versions of what already existed.


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