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In the hills above Treviso, 30 miles north of Venice, lies Conegliano Valdobbiadene, home to Prosecco Superiore.

In 2009, the area was awarded DOCG status to rank it alongside the other premium wines of Italy, and this Venetian staple has now become the darling of the sparkling world, breaking the stigma of being served as ‘a less expensive alternative to champagne’.

Carpene Malvolti is the oldest estate to produce prosecco and its portfolio is a showcase of the very best from the region, including delightful and easy going styles such as Carpene Malvolti Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry (£14, Taste Fine Wines, 01484 426226).

One of Carpene’s bestsellers, it has a creamy mousse with a lovely floral nose of white flowers and citrus, a soft, fruity finish with good acidity and a pleasant mouthfeel.

Part of the charm and popularity of prosecco is the lower alcohol level and another crowd pleaser is Valdo Oro Puro Superiore Valdobbiadene NV Extra Dry (£12.99, Waitrose).

Aromatic and fruity with ripe yellow apple, acacia and a hint of sweet almond, there’s enough structure to match it with prosciutto and risotto.

A Decanter medal winner, Ca Morlin Prosecco Superiore DOCG Conegliano e Valdobbiadene NV Extra Dry (£12.95, www.thedrinkshop.com) has persistent bubbles with a delicate floral nose, wonderful purity of fruit and refreshing acidity on the clean finish.

More modern and dryer, Brut prosecco is gathering pace in fashionable circles and, with less sugar, it’s a terrific partner for shellfish.

Try La Marca Prosecco Superiore 2011 DOCG Valdobbiadene Brut Millesimato 2011 (£14.99, Majestic).