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Prosecco Info: What is Prosecco?

Enjoy sparkling wine? You’ve likely had Prosecco, now a global favorite. Discover what sets it apart from Champagne! So what is Prosecco? Read on.

Whether you savor an occasional glass of sparkling wine or proudly identify as a sparkling wine enthusiast as we do, you’ve likely experienced the delight of Prosecco. Prosecco info for this Italian sparkling wine has soared in popularity to the point where its producers recently raised alarms about a potential global shortage!

But what is Prosecco exactly? How does it stand out from Champagne? And what’s behind its widespread appeal? Let’s dive into the world of Prosecco. Grab a glass of this exquisite Italian creation, and get ready for an enlightening journey through the sparkling allure of Prosecco!

What Is Prosecco?

Prosecco is a sparkling white wine predominantly made from the Glera grape in Italy’s Veneto region. However, this description barely scratches the surface of its complexity! Prosecco embodies a rich tapestry of flavors and traditions, revealing a depth far beyond its definition. Let’s review the intricate world of this celebrated Italian wine.

How Is Prosecco Made?

Prosecco sparkles to life through the Charmat method, an efficient and cost-effective process that differs notably from the traditional method used for Champagne. Let’s uncork the process with this informative illustration:

Step 1: Harvested grapes are picked early for tartness and sorted meticulously, selecting only top-notch fruit for Prosecco’s foundation.

Step 2: A gentle press releases clear juice, the essence of Prosecco’s future sparkle.

Step 3: This juice ferments into a still wine, resting in stainless steel tanks, never exceeding 10 days.

Step 4: The transformation occurs inside sealed tanks, where sugar and yeast introduce a second fermentation. Carbon dioxide baby bubbles are born, trapped in the young wine’s embrace.

Step 5: Post-fermentation, the wine clears any remaining yeast and is expertly sweetened to taste preferences with the ‘dosage.’

Step 6: Bottling happens under pressure, ensuring the effervescence is sealed within the glass.

Step 7: Lastly, the bottles sprint through a state-of-the-art labelling machine, and just like that, Prosecco bottles are ready for market—voilà!

The result? A light, refreshing sparkling wine that everyone loves!

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Delving further, the Charmat method’s efficiency enables sparkling wines to be crafted swiftly, often in mere weeks, and more economically than the traditional Champagne method. This efficiency translates into the approachable $15 to $25 price range per bottle.

But is one method superior? Not quite. Each method births a distinct wine style. The Charmat technique yields fresh, fruity, vibrant, and youthful wines crafted to be enjoyed in their early days.

Prosecco, diverging from Champagne, only ages to a reasonable height; its prime is within two years of release. However, this rule has an asterisk: as Italian vintners attest, a fine Prosecco Superiore (DOCG) can sustain its sparkle for an impressive seven years. Stay tuned for more insights on Prosecco Superiore.

Where Is Prosecco Made?

Nestled in the rolling foothills of Veneto in Northern Italy, just a stone’s throw from Venice lies the exclusive Prosecco-producing territory.

Mirroring Champagne’s geographical exclusivity in France, Prosecco boasts a designated area within this Italian region where its production is confined.

While the Charmat method is employed by winemakers worldwide, only those within these Italian bounds can crown their sparkling creations with the name “Prosecco.”

The pinnacle of Prosecco quality is found in the Treviso province, nestled between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Here lies the renowned “La Strada di Prosecco” or “The Prosecco Road,” a path that invites connoisseurs to traverse and taste the crème de la crème of Prosecco offerings.

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To help you understand the wine-making region better, Prosecco is categorized primarily into two classifications, each signifying a level of quality and a specific origin within Italy:

Prosecco DOC

Prosecco DOC, “Denominazione di Origine Controllata,” represents the region authorized to produce Prosecco. As you peruse the wine aisle, you’ll likely find that most bottles are labelled “Prosecco DOC.”

This term equates to “Controlled Designation of Origin” and serves as an Italian quality assurance label. It certifies that the wine you’re selecting is sourced from this specific area and crafted according to precise winemaking protocols and quality standards.

Prosecco Superiore DOCG

Moving up the ladder, Prosecco DOCG signifies a more exclusive and defined area known for yielding the finest Prosecco. “DOCG” is an abbreviation of “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita,” which translates to “Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin.”

This notch above DOC means that an expert panel has evaluated every DOCG wine before bottling to ensure supreme quality. The regulations here are stricter; all grapes must be handpicked exclusively from this narrower region, guaranteeing that Prosecco Superiore DOCG represents the zenith of quality. Cheers to that!

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What Does Prosecco Taste Like?

Prosecco charms with its light body, vivacity, freshness, aromatic bouquet, and crisp taste. It typically harbors a medium to high acidity and showcases generous, frothy bubbles. The primary flavors dance with notes of apple, honeysuckle, peach, melon, and pear, while secondary nuances may unfold hints of cream, hazelnut, and tropical fruits.

But is Prosecco sweet? It’s a common misconception to equate its fruitiness with sweetness, but that’s not usually the case.

The sweetness levels in Prosecco are categorized as follows:

  • Brut: Offering the driest experience at 0-12 grams of residual sugar per liter.
  • Extra-Dry: Finds a middle ground in sweetness at 12-17 grams of residual sugar per liter.
  • Dry: The sweetest option is 17-32 grams of residual sugar per liter.

This might seem counterintuitive, especially in North America, where “dry wine” is synonymous with “not sweet.” With Prosecco, however, the “Brut” label indicates the least sweetness, “Dry” is the sweetest, and “Extra-Dry” sits comfortably in between.

For those who favor their sparkling wine on the drier side, “Brut” is typically the most available style on the market.

And What Does Prosecco DOC Rosé Taste Like?

Prosecco DOC Rosé typically has a refreshing and vibrant flavor profile. It often features a delicate balance of fruity and floral aromas, with tasting notes including red berries (like strawberries and raspberries), citrus, and sometimes hints of rose petals. Its palate is usually crisp and light-bodied, with a fine, frothy effervescence. The finish tends to be clean and refreshing, making it a popular choice for various occasions and food pairings.

What Foods Should I Pair Prosecco With?

Our preferred companion for a glass of Prosecco is, undoubtedly, another glass!

Yet, Prosecco’s adaptability shines when it comes to food pairings. The effervescence and zesty acidity are an impeccable palate cleanser, making it an ideal match for an assorted charcuterie and cheese platter or various appetizers. And if your Prosecco leans on the sweeter side, it’s a divine partner for the bold flavors of a spicy Thai curry or a zesty noodle dish—truly delicious!

How is Prosecco different from Champagne?

In short, Prosecco and Champagne are distinct in their production methods (Charmat for Prosecco, Traditional for Champagne), their flavor profiles (with Champagne being less fruity and more mineral due to the cooler climate, unlike the fruit-forward Prosecco), and their price points (typically $15 for Prosecco vs $50 for Champagne).

Both, however, find a well-deserved spot in our fridge, each celebrated for its unique qualities that make them the world’s top-selling sparkling wines.

So, if you’re craving something light, fruity, and straightforward? Reach for Prosecco. And if you’re in the mood for complexity with a mineral edge? Our well-presented Bella Principessa Prosecco DOCG from Asolo should be your go-to Champagne alternative.

For the visual learners who’ve had their fill of text, we’ve whipped up a comparison chart for an at-a-glance understanding of these bubbly beverages.

Alright, I’ve read enough – Which Prosecco Should I Drink?

If you’re considering indulging in a bottle of Prosecco this weekend (or on any day ending with ‘-day’), we have some excellent picks for you! Located in South Florida, our recommendations are based on what we find in our local market. Nonetheless, since these are from large-scale producers, you should be able to find them almost anywhere in the world!

Journey into the heart of Italian winemaking with 'Prosecco 101: What is Prosecco?' on This image captures a hand elegantly presenting a bottle of Asolo Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Bella Principessa, set against a lush garden backdrop, symbolizing the brand's dedication to natural quality and tradition. Join us to explore the world of Prosecco and taste the good life.

Bella Principessa Extra-Dry Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG

$24.99 RRP

Indulge in the luxurious, guilt-free delight of Bella Principessa Prosecco DOCG, a refreshingly natural choice housed in an elegantly ceramic-painted bottle. This light and invigorating Prosecco is a perfect fit for vegans, vegetarians, and those with celiac disease.

Each sip brings a ballet of light, delicate golden bubbles to your palate while the dry, crisp, and silky-smooth mineral notes play a symphony of flavors. Be prepared for an enchanting bouquet of green apple, lemon zest, honeysuckle, and artisanal bread aromas, offering a delightful experience with every tantalizing drop. Read more here >

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Bella Principessa Extra-Dry Prosecco DOC Rosé

$22.99 RRP

Discover the exquisite charm of our luxury Bella Principessa Prosecco DOC Rosé. This guilt-free, naturally refreshing luxury beverage comes in a beautifully ceramic-painted bottle. Light and rejuvenating, this pink Prosecco is an ideal choice for vegans, vegetarians, and celiacs.

Prepare for an extraordinary sensory experience with this effervescent treasure. The gentle, delicate pink bubbles beautifully contrast with its dry, crisp, and silky-smooth mineral taste. The real stars, however, are the delightful aromas of green apple, lemon zest, honeysuckle, and artisanal bread. This Prosecco is a must-try, offering a unique and memorable tasting experience! Read more here >

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Signorina Wines: Italian Craftsmanship by Prosecco Ventures
Experience the art of Italian winemaking with Signorina Wines, offering a delightful selection of Prosecco and still wines.

Signorina Extra-Dry Prosecco DOC and Prosecco DOC Rosé

$15.99 RRP

Celebrate daily with Signorina Wines, your ideal beverage partner for all occasions. Signorina presents an enticing array of still and sparkling wines, each crafted to enhance every special moment.

Embrace the bubbly charm of Signorina’s Premium Prosecco DOC and Prosecco DOC Rosé. These sparkling white and rosé wines are a flawless match for any event, adding a touch of elegance and joy to your celebrations.

Signorina enhances your celebratory moments with their perfectly sized mini-Prosecco. Toast to life’s special occasions with Signorina’s luxurious mini-Prosecco bottles, charming miniature versions of their full-sized counterparts.

Signorina’s 200ml single-serve Prosecco bottles, complete with an embossed foil and user-friendly cork, are ideal for adding a touch of elegance to your everyday gatherings.

Crafted from the finest handpicked Glera grapes sourced directly from the renowned Prosecco hills of Veneto, Italy, these mini bottles promise authentic Italian luxury.

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Are You Still Thirsty for More Prosecco Info?

Read our “Visit Prosecco Italy” post, sharing our best tips for exploring Italy’s UNESCO-recognized Prosecco region. It’s a treasure trove of information for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the heart of Prosecco country.

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