The origins of human settlement in Valdobbiadene date back almost 40,000 years ago, as shown by the numerous findings here.
The territory became a part of the Venetian Republic in the mid-14th century and was subsequently divided into 15 rural communities, each of which was governed by a democratically elected man from the head-families of the area.
With the arrival of Napoleon and eventually the Austrian control of the lands, the former structure of the area disappeared. Without a formal structure and with the Venetian nobility gone, the upcoming bourgeoisie class of merchants, clerks and land-owners were able to acquire the lands and thus gain large shares of the political power.
Following World War I, the attention devoted to producing fine wines greatly increased and wine-production became an important economic field, a trend that still continues today. Valdobbiadene is now, along with the nearby Conegliano, considered the best place for Prosecco, a famous wine in the Veneto region. The Prosecco grapes grown on the hills here are used to produce such famous wines as the Valdobbiadene DOC Prosecco and the Prosecco Superiore Cartizze. Valdobbiadene has also been the site of the Italian committee for Spumante wines, “Forum Spumanti d’Italia”, for over 40 years.
Source: Municipality of Valdobbiadene www.comune.valdobbiadene.tv.it