Prosecco is a sparkling wine produced in the Veneto region, in northeastern Italy. It has always been a white wine based on the Glera grape. The rosé versions, “Prosecco Rosato”, have not yet been officially approved, although a number of Prosecco producers have launched sparkling rosé wines. At present, however, these wines do not carry the Prosecco brand.
Prosecco is, by volume, the best-selling sparkling wine in the world. Ditto in the United States. It outclasses Champagne by better than two to one, even though it still represents one sixth of the total turnover of Champagne in terms of turnover.
In 2019, over 600 million bottles of Prosecco were produced: 92 million bottles were produced in the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), The highest wine classification in Italy, and 17 million bottles in Asolo DOCG.
These three mountainous regions are the historic heart of Prosecco production in Italy. 500 million additional bottles of Prosecco DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), The second highest ranking of wines from Italy, were produced in the plains surrounding the region of historic production.
Over the past decade, Prosecco production has grown tenfold, making Prosecco Italy’s best-selling wine and bringing prosperity to what was, historically, one of the poorest regions in the North. is from Italy.
More than 90% of the Italian production of Prosecco is exported. The UK is the largest market for Prosecco, accounting for around 30% of Italian exports. The United States is the second largest market and is expected to become the number one market for Prosecco in the coming years.
The vast majority of Prosecco is produced by the “reservoir method” or Charmat process. The wine undergoes secondary fermentation in steel vats and is then bottled under pressure. Champagne, by comparison, undergoes its second fermentation in the bottle. Several producers of Prosecco, mainly in the Valdobbiadene DOCG, also produce Prosecco using the Champagne model (Champenoise method).
Prosecco is an easy-to-drink, generally inexpensive sparkling wine. Its aroma and taste profile can vary from ripe and crunchy apples and pears to peach stone fruit and nectarine notes to tropical fruit notes of melon, mango and pineapple. Stylistically, most Proseccos are classified as Extra Sec, which means 15 grams of sugar per liter, but they can also be Boneless Extra Brut, 0 to 6 grams of sugar per liter.
The alcoholic strength is generally between 10% and 11.5% ABV. Prices vary by state and are often heavily discounted by big box retailers during the Christmas season. The wines presented below will vary between $ 10 and $ 30 per 750 ml. bottle. Some of the bigger producers also offer magnums and double magnums.
Want to explore the world of Prosecco? Here are some recommendations that showcase the different styles and flavor profiles of Prosecco.
Mionetto is part of Frexinet, the Spanish beverage giant which is the world’s largest producer of sparkling wines. The company produces nine different expressions of Prosecco. DOCG Prosecco Superiore from Valdobbiadene and that from Cartizze are its most popular expressions. They show the characteristic ripe apple and pear flavors typical of the house style. If you prefer your Prosecco with a little sweetness, go for the Valdobbiadene Extra Dry, while if you prefer a Brut style more, go for the expression Cartizze instead.
Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso is also worth a try. This wine is a Brut and has a similar profile of crunchy apple and pear, but also more peach stone fruit and nectarine flavors.
Mionetto also offers an organic Prosecco DOC made from organically grown grapes. This is bottled in an Extra Dry style and offers flavors of apple, pineapple and orange. The company was also among the first to add a rosé wine to its prosecco line, although the wine cannot yet carry the Prosecco brand. The rosé is intensely fragrant, offering floral aromas of Parma violet, as well as delicate red fruit notes of raspberry, cherry and strawberry.
La Marca, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, DOC, Extra Dry is the top-selling Prosecco in the United States and is widely available. It has the distinction of being the first Prosecco to appear in the Top 100 of the Wine Spectator (2007). The wine is produced by a cooperative of more than 5,000 members who collectively operate more than 17,000 acres in the Veneto region.
La Marca offers aromas and flavors of citrus, hints of peach and apricot stone fruit and hints of honey. It’s a light, crunchy wine that makes an excellent aperitif and goes wonderfully with a wide variety of foods. Try it, with Indian and Chinese dishes.
If your taste is for champagne, try Nino
Franco, Rustico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Superiore DOCG ($ 20). This is a very dry, light and elegant Prosecco with crisp, crisp acidity that offers creamy flavors of citrus, pear and floral notes of honeysuckle.
Pair it with seafood, chicken and pork dishes. It goes well with many desserts and can also be used as an aperitif. In fact, it will work with just about any food deal.
Adriano Adami Vigneto Giardino Prosecco Superiore DOCG, Rive di Colbertaldo is a boneless Prosecco from a single vineyard in Valdobbiadene. It is an intense creamy wine with rich fruity notes of apple, pear and peach and a noticeable spiciness, as well as floral aromas of fragrant wisteria. It also has a pronounced minerality.
Villa Sandi Asolo Superiore, Brut Prosecco DOCG, Colli Asolani is a dry and elegant Prosecco, which presents the typical aromas of apple and pear, as well as citrus notes, some peach and floral aromas of Hawthorne flowers .
Giusti, Asolo Prosecco, Superiore DOCG Extra Brut is another great choice. Giusti is one of the largest producers of Prosecco in the Asolo and Montello Hills area. The Extra Brut offers intense floral aromas, accompanied by crunchy notes of pear and apple, followed by some flavors of peach. The Brut version from different vineyards, although neighboring, has floral notes closer to wisteria and tends towards flavors of apple and lemon. The expression Extra Dry has similar fruit notes, but is sweeter.
Giusti also makes a rosé from pinot noir and chardonnay. This is part of the Prosecco range, although it does not yet have the Prosecco brand on the label. The rosé is very floral with notes of red berry cherry, strawberry and raspberry, as well as pronounced floral aromas of rose petal. The finish is long, with a slight wet stone minerality.
Prosecco is an excellent choice among sparkling wines. It’s relatively inexpensive, widely distributed in the United States, at least for the more well-known brands, and pairs well with a wide range of foods. It also comes in a range of styles and flavor profiles that will suit almost any palate. If you are not familiar with Prosecco, it is definitely worth exploring. If you are a former fan, remember that Prosecco styles and quality continue to evolve and improve. There is still a lot to discover.