Prosecco’s light, fruity character and affordable pricing has helped it to carve out its own (significant) corner of the sparkling wine market. It is the go-to fizz for many people who are turned off by the richness (and price) of Champagne.
Below, we’ve rounded up a list of Prosecco under £20 to try, tasted and rated by our experts. Included are picks from supermarkets Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer, as well as some independents and high street chains such as Decanter’s 2021 National Wine Retailer of the Year, Majestic Wine.
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 blend 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.
Not all Prosecco is equal: Prosecco DOC and Prosecco Treviso DOC tend to be the most affordable, perfect for a lunchtime quaffer or aperitif. This represents the bulk of exports and you’re bound to find examples at very reasonable prices.
Stepping up to the DOCGs of Asolo, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore Rive and Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze gives you sparkling wines made from better fruit from the best hillside sites, and can challenge some of the best sparkling wines from other regions in terms of complexity and quality. Producers may even experiment with longer ageing, drier styles or old-vine bottlings. These DOCG Proseccos can get quite pricey, but luckily you can still find some under £20 too.
A new Prosecco category – launched in November 2020 – is rosé Prosecco. Blending Pinot Noir with Glera, it gives pink Prosecco with subtle red fruit characteristics, perfect for summer sipping as well as pairing with food in the winter.
Majestic’s Jack Merrylees, head of communications & PR, said: ‘The most pleasant surprise has been Prosecco rosé, which now comprises over 20% of [Prosecco] sales and is growing.’
But don’t expect to see rosé Prosecco at the DOCG level just yet – this is a new development at DOC level only.
Best Prosecco under £20: