One of the best ways to understand why a wine tastes the way it does is to visit the land. Check out this helpful guide on food, wine, hiking, and more in Conegliano Valdobbiadene.
Becoming a UNESCO world heritage launched Conegliano Valdobbiadene into the wine tourism spotlight. But don't worry - there's still a lot to discover.
The Conegliano Valdobbiadene hills are a welcome respite when you want to recharge from the crowds of Venice. In addition to amazing wines, you won’t easily go hungry, even after walking or cycling through the many nature trails.
You're also on the verge of the Dolomites, so if you're on your way to ski at one of the many Italian ski resorts, make sure you stop by these hills before hitting the slopes.
This handy guide will help you get the most out of your next trip to this sparkling region.
Getting To Conegliano Valdobbiadene
Venice is the largest city close to Conegliano Valdobbiadene. You can plan a day trip from Venice and be in the vineyards in just 40 minutes by car. You can also take a 50-minute journey by train from Venice to Conegliano.
If you arrive from the Dolomites or want to go there for hiking or skiing after your Valdobbiadene stop, you can be in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1.5 hours.
Staying in Conegliano Valdobbiadene
Most of the larger hotels sit in Conegliano, but if you want to experience an authentic vineyard stay, try to find a refurbished Casera. These small stone huts once housed livestock and farming equipment; today, they're warm and welcoming Bed and Breakfasts.
Most Casera are accessible by car, but the adventurous can find some along the hiking trails throughout the region.
A great way to experience the whole region is to take the wine route. This 55-mile (90 km) loop follows the main road between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene and then loops back amongst the hogback hills to Conegliano. You'll find many cellar doors and beautiful views along the way.
With over 200 wineries to visit along the way, you won't be short on choice.
Do I have to pay for a tasting?
Many wineries charge for in-depth tastings, so it's best to book ahead to check the price and ensure you get a spot. Some smaller wineries might not charge for tastings, but it's best to check beforehand.
Do I need to book in advance?
It can be a good idea to book a tasting in advance, but many wineries do have an open-door policy where you can walk up to taste and buy wine.
The Great Outdoors of Conegliano Valdobbiadene
Get outside and immerse yourself in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sitting in the foothills of the Alps means not only will you experience world-class wines, but you'll also find some of the most beautiful natural scenery around you. With the Dolomites set as the backdrop and the hogback hills covered in vineyards, one feels compelled to dive into nature here.
Hiking, cycling, or riding on horseback through the Cammino delle Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene is the best way to experience the biodiversity of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. Tackle it over several days since the 50km (31 mile) trail has a total elevation gain of 7400 feet (2255 m); it's very up and down!
You’ll find great restaurants and Casera to stay in along the way.
Eating Well in Conegliano Valdobbiadene
Not only will you find amazing Prosecco Superiore in these hills, but you’ll also find some world class food.
From relaxed finger food to fine dining, you won’t go hungry. Here are some great options to experience the food of the region:
Seda - Seda means silk. Silk production was once a significant part of the economy in this region. Nestled amongst the vineyards, you’ll find some high-class local fine dining from Chef Alessandro Favrin, along with a great wine list.
Salis - Overlooking the vineyards of Cartizze, this renovated Casera is headed by Chef Chiara Barisan. Focusing on high-quality ingredients, you'll find great food, with 5 rooms available for guests.
Osteria Antica Guizza - for a more relaxed affair, check out this small bar/restaurant perched high in the hills above Conegliano. You’ll find great finger food and main dishes that change daily. They also have a great selection of local wines to choose from, to drink or to take away.
Latteria Perenzin - Looking for amazing local cheese to go with your wines? Check out this cheese shop and restaurant. They do cheese and wine tastings too!