Above: The Franco family’s Villa Barberina in Valdobbiadene, a historic 18th-century villa in the heart of Prosecco country that the family has restored and converted into a bed & breakfast.
Only 1 out of 6 Prosecco bottles are classified as DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin), which represents the highest level of quality for Italian wines. Prosecco DOCG is more challenging to cultivate than Prosecco DOC because of the region’s higher elevation and extreme hillside terraced vineyards. The sloped vineyards provide the optimal drainage and sun exposure needed for producing superior quality grapes. Look for ‘Superiore’ on the label — it indicates that the Prosecco is from a DOCG area, and quality is guaranteed!