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Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine usually made from the Glera grape, though other grapes can also be used.

Prosecco can be either Spumante or Frizzante ranging from Dry to Extra Dry.

Prosecco is produced in Italy in the hills north of Venice and Treviso, in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, where the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene mark the boundaries of the DOCG Prosecco area.

Unlike other sparkling wines such as Champagne, Prosecco is produced using the Charmat (or tank) method, where the secondary fermentation takes place inside stainless steel tanks, significantly reducing production costs. Rules for the DOCG Prosecco also allow for secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Prosecco should typically be consumed as young as possible, within three years of its vintage, although some can be aged for up to seven years.


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27th February 2014

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UK retailers report strong Christmas for Prosecco, Bordeaux, Bucks Fizz

8th January 2014

Magnums of Prosecco and Champagne surged in popularity over Christmas, according to UK supermarket Sainsbury's, with several retailers including Majestic and Tesco reporting higher festive wine...

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Prosecco: Expert's Choice

2nd August 2013

The best examples of this Italian fizz are fun in a glass and great value. Ian D'Agata tracks down some of the finest bottles to enjoy with friends on a summer's day...

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Italian authorities crack down on 'fake' Prosecco

9th July 2013

Italian authorities have employed a local oenologist to combat the rising problem of 'fake' Prosecco being sold in the Veneto region.

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Prosecco the winner as retailers announce Christmas boom

10th January 2013

Prosecco emerged as the wine favourite among shoppers in the UK at Christmas, with soaring sales of the Italian sparkler reported by Majestic, Waitrose and Tesco.

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Prosecco rise 'good for Champagne' says Lanson

23rd March 2012

The continuing success of Prosecco is good for Champagne, Lanson managing director Paul Beavis has said.

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Italian wine now 22% of global market

19th March 2012

After a record-breaking export year, Italy now has nearly a quarter of the global wine market, according to the latest statistics.

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Oro Puro: a new name in top-class Prosecco

29th February 2012

Looking at the gentle hills of the DOCG Valdobbiadene district, not far from Venice, it is remarkable how the sinuous lines of vineyards mark the boundary between earth and sky. This is a true...

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Top 10 Proseccos

10th February 2012

Richard Baudains uncovers Italy's top Prosecco producers who are focussing less on supper-affordable prices and more on quality and character. See his list of the best 10 Proseccos here...


Prosecco region 'to grow fivefold'

10th November 2011

The Prosecco region estimates it will grow to almost five times its current size by 2035.

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Bisol ready to pick first grapes from Venetian island

8th September 2010

Prosecco producer Bisol will pick the first commercial vintage at its property in the Venetian lagoon this week.

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Italy could overtake Australia by end year

22nd March 2010

More Italian wines were shipped to the UK last year than French, and Italy could overtake Australia to take the number one spot by the end of 2010.

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Prosecco to become DOCG

10th July 2009

The current Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadine DOC zone will become a DOCG from 1 August.

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Prosecco to become DOCG

28th May 2009

The current Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadine DOC zone will become a DOCG from the 2009 vintage onwards.

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Obama celebrates with Prosecco

21st January 2009

President Barack Obama celebrated his inauguration with Virginia wine – and Prosecco.

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