Prosecco sales see no sign of slowing down, and now is the perfect time to stock up on your favourites ahead of warmer weather and lazy evenings and weekends in the garden.
There are often great deals available at supermarkets and wine merchants this time of year, so keep an eye out for the best Prosecco offers.
Prosecco’s USP is its light, fruity character and affordable pricing – it’s not attempting to copy Champagne and as a result has carved out its own (significant) corner of the market.
Be aware that not all Proseccos are equal, however. Prosecco DOC and Prosecco Treviso DOC tend to be the most affordable, perfect for a lunchtime quaffer or aperitif.
For the best Prosecco options, step up to the DOCGs of Asolo, Valdobbiadene Superiore, Valdobbiadene Superiore Rive and Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze and you will get sparkling wines made from better fruit from the best hillside sites, giving wines that can challenge some of the best sparkling wines from other regions in terms of complexity and quality.
You may be surprised to see that you can buy some of these higher category wines for under £20: see our list below.
Prosecco is predominantly made from the Glera grape, formerly known also as Prosecco, but other grape varieties may be included. Up to 15% of the belnd can be made up from Bianchetta Trevigiana, Chardonnay, Perera, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Verdiso and Pinot Noir, all fermented off the skins. Rosé Prosecco (see below) can contain up to 15% of Pinot Noir fermented on the skins.
A new Prosecco category – launched in November 2020 – is rosé Prosecco. Given that it is a coming together of two wine categories that have enjoyed stratospheric success, it’s likely to be the drink of 2021 – as Amy Wislocki predicts, along with her 14 wines to try.
Don’t expect to see rosé Prosecco at the DOCG level just yet – this is a new development at DOC level only.
A handful of rosés make the list below which includes up-to-date reviews from Decanter’s team of tasting experts, including the newly launched Kylie Minogue Prosecco Rosé. Decanter’s Andrew Jefford interviewed Kylie to chat through her wine range, catch up with the interview here.