italian sparkling wine

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.


16 must-try terroir-driven Proseccos

27th February 2014

If you think that all Prosecco is the same – simple, light and bubbly – then think again. Richard Baudains looks at a new set of sub-zones within the region’s premium growing area which highlight...

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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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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...