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Tuesday 26 December 2017

Prosecco sparkles on the big screen

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Prosecco a couple of years ago. Once dismissed as cheap fizz, Prosecco has risen in prestige over the past decade to be regarded as an important piece of national Italian heritage.

Prosecco DOC can be spumante ("sparkling wine"), frizzante ("semi-sparkling wine"), or tranquillo ("still wine") and is made largely from glera grapes, which used, confusingly, to be called prosecco. 

The region is a strikingly beautiful one with a very warm welcome for wine tourists.  

Now the sparkling wine region is gracing the silver screen as the focus of a new independent thriller set deep in the hills of the Veneto region.

The film, titled "As Long as There is Prosecco, There is Hope" (Finché c’è Prosecco c’è speranza) follows Inspector Stucky (played by Giuseppe Battiston), who is called upon to investigate an unusual suicide case: that of a prominent winemaker.

Inexperienced and in new territory, Stucky trudges through the villages’ unresolved issues, before realising the key to solving the mystery lies in understanding the culture of the Prosecco hills themselves.

The film, released in Italy at the end of October, recently starred at the Rome Film Festival, Drinks Business reported.

As Long as There is Prosecco offers a comprehensive look at Northern Italy’s winemaking regions, being shot in a number of key wine-producing towns and villages including Treviso, Venice, Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. It might well spark a few visitations in 2018.

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