Cover Photo © Credits to Wikipedia/ Diego Delso
Cover Photo © Credits to Wikipedia/ Diego Delso

On the wine paths of Italy: Trieste

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Are you a "vino-enthusiast?" If yes, then you’ve just stumbled upon the right article. Even though the first wine basically came from Georgia, nowadays Italy (and maybe France) are what we use to call ‘’the place to be’’ when it comes to wine.

Following this four-station wine route through those articles can allow you to explore all the Italian regions (North-west, North-east, Central and South) and to decide which one is the best for you according to your tastes and standards!

After the small wine treasure of Aosta of the North-West, we will now have a look at the area of Trieste and the unique variety of wines offered while there! (Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, or Trentino Alto Adige)

Prosecco bottle, Picture © Credits to Wikipedia/Sandstein
Prosecco bottle, Picture © Credits to Wikipedia/Sandstein

Have you heard about Prosecco?

It is a popular white Italian wine that can be Spumante ("sparkling wine"), Frizzante ("semi-sparkling wine"), or Tranquillo ("still wine"). The most used grape for this wine is Glera, and its name has geographical origins from a village near Trieste called Prosecco, the actual home of Prosecco.

Many would say that Prosecco is the Italian Champagne, and that is why it is important to raise the question: What is the difference between Champagne and Prosecco?

Both are sparkling wines, with a different geographical origin, and made of different type of grapes. Champagne originates from the French region called Champagne, while Prosecco is Trieste’s pride. Since It’s a common mistake to mark any sparkling wine as Champagne, I’d say it is time to draw the line. Another very important difference can be found in the process of making. Both wines are done after the second fermentation; Champagne's fermentation is happening in the bottles, while Prosecco's is done in big steel tanks. In addition, Prosecco has a lighter flavour than Champagne. Another option similar to sparkling wines can be found on the Balkans. Not being patient to wait for the second fermentation might be the reason why Balkans' white wine, Shpricer, is served as a cocktail with soda water (sometimes it is called Gemisht -depends on the way the water is poured into the wine).

In the name of the classiness of the Italian wine, I will stop talking about Balkan cocktails now and I'll take you to Trieste, the capital city of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, in northeast Italy.

Italians might say "Give Prosecco a try’’ and serve it to you along with Prosciutto ham. On top of that, I may suggest pairing this combo with a visit to the Castel of San Giusto, the city symbol of Trieste, known for stimulating multiple senses.

This spot represents all ages of civilisation. A unique fortress surrounds the area, since the end of the Bronze Age. The city stands on the top of a hill and offers a great variety of history and places to visit. Today's look is kept thanks to the restoration in the 1930s; through the walkways and the bastions, you can experience exceptional views of the city and the Gulf of Trieste.

The author

Zlata Golaboska

Zlata Golaboska

I am Zlata and I am an architect living in the Balkans. I am passionate about cities, how people influence architecture and vice versa, and how places change our lives.

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