Produced in the North-Eastern Veneto and Friuli-Venezia regions of Italy, Prosecco is a dry sparkling wine made from the Glera grape. It has a rich heritage, first appearing in literature from 1754, in Aureliano Acanti’s story ‘Il roccolo Ditirambo’.
As an incredibly versatile wine, each bottle of Prosecco offers vigorous fruity overtones and alluring aromas, ranging from wines with plenty of fizz, such as Spumante, to more lightly carbonated products, like Frizzante. Prosecco sits at the dry to extra-dry end of the spectrum. Prosecco delivers a variety of apple, pear and citrus fruit flavouring on the palate, with perhaps a dash of an almond, nutty taste.
The Charmat method is utilised in the production of Prosecco, making it a top-class wine to enjoy fresh and young. Generally, Prosecco offers a lower alcohol level than many of its non-sparkling contemporaries, and is at its best when consumed with 2 years of release.
Improved techniques in production have seen the popularity of Prosecco grow exponentially over the past four decades, and it now carries a reputation as a high-quality, affordable sparkling wine worldwide, with global sales and exports increasing by upwards of 20 per cent in recent years.
The popular Bellini cocktail is traditionally made using Prosecco, coupled with peach puree. For an economical, sparkling wine your guests are certain to enjoy, and one which pairs well with a wide variety of foods, Prosecco will prove the perfect choice.
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