At over $1 million per hectare (2.47 acres), Cartizze Hill  in Valdobbiadene is some of Europe’s most expensive agricultural land. It offers the perfect combination of soil, acidity, sunlight, and water for Prosecco’s Glera grape to thrive. Plots of land on this hill have been passed down from generation to generation, and today, more than 200 wineries own at least a small portion of it. It’s the heart of the region and is considered the very best land for producing Prosecco wine.

Cartizze Hill in Valdobbiadene Name Plates

Vines on Cartizze Hill in Valdobbiadene are numbered to identify its ownership.

However, people don’t visit Cartizze Hill just to pay homage to the home of a good wine. No, they visit because it is one of the most beautiful places in all of Italy.

Cartizze Hill near Valdobbiadene beautiful view

The beautiful view of the Italian countryside from Cartizze Hill near Valdobbiadene.

Our visit to Cartizze Hill

Our hosts, Deb and Massi of Italy Unfiltered and Massi the Driver, made sure to take us there. We really had no idea what to expect, but felt content knowing we could take in the view and enjoy the setting sun. As we made our way down a well-traveled dirt path, we noticed the numbered and named rows that displayed the owners of each Glera vine.

Deb and Massi make their way Cartizzi Hill.

Deb and Massi make their way Cartizzi Hill with wine, wine glasses, and saber.

Massi explained the prestige of owning grapes here. There is definite value in being able to harvest from this land which produces the world’s very best Prosecco. Yet, despite the limited amount of this valuable land, someone had still thought it important enough to carve out a spot for people like us to enjoy it.

We loved that there was a little space carved out for visitors like us to sit on a bench and enjoy the view with a glass of Prosecco.

We loved that there was a little space carved out for visitors like us to sit on a bench and enjoy the view with a glass of Prosecco.

Something tells me that in the U.S., this area would have been closed long ago. Instead, the land would be filled with a few more of the valuable vines. But here, old-world common sense still reigns supreme and people are more important than profit. In this place, anyone can just stroll out and sip a glass of this bubbly treat while basking in fresh air and the beautiful Italian sunset.

Massi the Driver and his wife, Deb, took us to Cartizze Hill where they grow the very best grapes for producing Prosecco.

Massi the Driver and his wife, Deb, took us to Cartizze Hill where they grow the very best grapes for producing Prosecco.

Massi and the sword

When we arrived at the seating area on the hill, Massi had a surprise for us. First, he produced some wine glasses and a bottle of Prosecco. Then, he pulled out an actual, honest-to-god sword! He proceeded to open the bottle using the sabrage technique. This means he used the sword to open the bottle! Check out this video to see how that worked, and remember do not try this at home.

As Ann said, you just don’t do this every day in Nebraska, but you can do it on Cartizze Hill.

One of our fondest memories of our 2018 trip to Italy was toasting Prosecco with Massi and Deb at Cartizze Hill in Valdobbiadene.

One of our fondest memories of our 2018 trip to Italy was toasting Prosecco with Massi and Deb at Cartizze Hill in Valdobbiadene.

We absolutely loved our visit to Cartizze Hill. The heart of the Prosecco world, it offers farmers ideal conditions and visitors an unforgettable experience. Be sure to include a visit here on your visit to the region.


Our tour and transportation services were complimentary from Italy Unfiltered and Massi the Driver. As always, the opinions expressed are our own. 

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Tips for your visit to Prosecco Road - #5 Visit Cartizze Hill.

Tips for your visit to Prosecco Road – #5 Visit Cartizze Hill.

  • Late breakfast, early lunch. Time got away from us this morning so we had a bit of a brunch. We have been on an oatmeal kick this year for several reasons. It's inexpensive, filling, tastes great, and is typically readily available at grocery stores and hotels that serve breakfast. ⁣
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One cup of oatmeal cooked in water is about 160 calories (and a "green" food on our @noom weight loss app). We like to add a teaspoon of brown sugar, a little cinnamon, and lots of fresh berries. Other options are: bananas, nuts, nutmeg, diced apple, flax seed, or dried fruits. ⁣
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  • See how we lost a combined 150 pounds in a year while traveling! It was one year ago this week that we began our healthy living journey. We are travel bloggers with a new post (just click on the handy dandy link in our bio) about what we've lost and gained in one year.
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See what we've learned about calorie density, exercise and ourselves in the process. We are so thankful for the resources that have helped us, including @noom and the @mayoclinic Healthy Living Program. (This is NOT a paid partnership) We feel like new people and hope our story will encourage someone else who wants to make a healthy lifestyle change. To stay up to date with our weight loss and healthy living journey, be sure to follow @PostcardJar on social media.
  • Our daffodils are in full bloom here in Nebraska and they just make us smile. We brought the  bulbs for these flowers from Ann's first house when we got married and moved here. Ann had dug them up from her grandma Rashleigh's home in Fremont, Nebraska, and her grandma had brought them to the U.S. from a trip that she took to England. ⁣
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Ann's grandma passed away several years ago. Each spring, these flowers bloom and remind Ann of her grandma and her beautiful soul.
  • We love to travel but we're staying home to flatten the curve. As travel bloggers, writers, and influencers, we all have canceled trips, postponed adventures, and rescheduled experiences. ⁣
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We know this is temporary and soon enough, we'll be traveling again. But for now, we are all staying safe at home and encourage you to do the same. And while you’re home, check out some of these influencers’ feeds for travel inspiration.
  • Last week, we had the pleasure of making handmade pasta (via the internet) with our friends, Deb and Massi, who were in their home kitchen in Italy. ⁣
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You can read all about it, and get the recipe, on our blog. Yep, you guessed it, the link is in our bio. ⁣
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We met Deb and Massi of @italyunfiltered a few years ago when they created an amazing food and wine itinerary for us. We've remained friends and it was so good to see them, even if they were a world away.
  • We were supposed to be in Rochester, Minnesota, this week for Ann to see a cardiac sarcoidosis specialist about some recent issues with her heart. Of course, we did not travel to Rochester for her scans and doctor visits because of the coronavirus outbreak.⁣
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Instead, her cardiologists called her from their homes and her scans and tests will likely be delayed until June or July. We'll keep in close touch with them if anything changes, as well. We are so grateful for all of the healthcare professionals who are continuing to work crazy hours from home as well as in our hospitals around the world.⁣
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This is such an unprecedented and stressful time for all of them. Words will never be enough to convey our gratitude for the roles they are playing in the battle against this deadly virus while caring for those with other diseases and illnesses at the same time. ⁣
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Every healthcare provider we've talked with in the last two weeks has had the same message for those of us who don't have to go to work at a hospital. ⁣
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Just. Stay. Home.
  • Yesterday was Day 16 of social isolation for us. Because of Ann's underlying heart condition and suppressed immune system, we've cooked all our meals at home (no takeout). We've starting to get more and more creative as time has gone by. ⁣
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Last night, we made chicken and shrimp vindaloo and learned online how to make homemade naan.⁣
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It wan't as good as our favorite Indian restaurant, The Oven, but it did satisfy the craving we've had for Indian food. ⁣
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What are you craving these days?
  • We moved our living room furniture around this week and put two swivel chairs near the sliding glass door. Each day, we take time to turn around, rest our minds, enjoy in the view, and just be. #webelieveinhome

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