"Forty or so miles north of Venice, on the slopes of Cartizze — prime prosecco country — is a charming stone house called Osteria Senz' Oste. Depending on whom you ask, the name translates to "Tavern Without Host" or "Bar Without Barkeep," and the place is exactly that. There for the taking are fresh bread, cheese, artisanal salami, chestnuts, cookies and many varieties of sparkling wine, all on the honor system — or, as the proprietor, Cesare De Stefani (Pictured right), phrases it, "trust in the people."
The hills of the Prosecco Doc area lie between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, at little more than one hour from Venice in the northern part of the province of Treviso. This picturesque area, consisting of steep slopes alternating with gently rolling hills criss-crossed by vineyards, starts where the lowlands finish before the Veneto Dolomites begin.
A centuries-old winemaking culture abounds in these lands of the joyous and amorous March, which has shaped the landscape to make it one of the most enchanting in Italy. Traditional flavours, welcoming hospitality plus a love for good food and typical products lie at the roots of its history. The area is full of interest with picturesque corners, historical and artistic attractions preserved in valleys or in the many villages scattered here and there. In these lands you can find castles, aristocratic homes, remote monuments, sacred buildings and ancient hot springs. Conegliano, Vittorio Veneto, Valdobbiadene, Pieve di Soligo represent a natural, artistic and architectural treasure just waiting to be discovered in an area that still respects man and nature. It is an oenological delight to go along the Strada del Prosecco e Vini dei Colli Conegliano.