Did you know that Venetian glass wine glasses and Prosecco wine have a lot more in common besides their obvious complementarity, one being a recipient and the other a liquid to pore into the recipient?
Historically there is evidence that wine production took place as early as the sixth millennium BC, between the Caucasus and the Middle East and that the wine culture spread towards the West thanks to the Phoenicians.
The Phoenicians also seem to be responsible for the westward spread of the blowpipe, which was already used in the 1st Century B.C by them along the Syro-Palestinian coast, travelling through the Roman Empire to Europe.
For Venetian glass an important date was 1297. Venice was experiencing an outbreak of fires in the city. In order to maintain the glass factories and protect their secret methods for creating the glass, the Doges of Venice decreed that all the glass furnaces be moved to Murano.
For Prosecco wine an important date was 1750, when the ancestor of the Prosecco grape variety moved from the mountain region north of Trieste to ConeglianoValdobbiadene, today’s heart for the Prosecco production. It looks like it was already known during the Roman Empire, called Pucino then and was made from a grape variety called glera.
Even though Venetian glass has a longer history than Prosecco wine, they both come from the same region called Veneto. Families that were producing glass in the 14th century still do nowadays and families that were producing wines in Valdobbiadene in the 16th century are among the best Prosecco producers nowadays.
The history of Venice and Conegliano-Valdobbiadene has always intermingled. The noble Venetians had many of their summer residences in the hills of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene and have always been great appreciators of the wines there.
Today the best Prosecco producers have rediscovered a Venetian grape variety called “dordona” on the Venetian island Mazzorbo and have produced a limited edition wine “Venissa” in Venetian glass bottles with a golden label also made according to Venetian traditions.
The experimentation which took place and is taking place in the glass world, thanks to daring glass blowers and young designers can be compared to what is happening in the hills of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.
Young enologists continue their quest to always improve the production of this outstanding sparkling wine, which comes in many different varieties, up to challenging on a world level the well-established champagnes.
So why not get the best of the best: Venetian glass wine glasses, authentic Murano glass, along with the best authentic DOCG Prosecco, only from the hills of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene?
Now you know why You should use Venetian glass wine glasses with your prosecco wine.