If you are more of a Champagne drinker, you might not know that Prosecco is the king of sparkling wines. Prosecco is made in the Veneto region of Italy 15 miles away from Venice. The grape variety is called Glera, one of the oldest grapes in Roman history. The first sparkling version of Prosecco was produced in 1968 by Carpené Malvolti.
The Glera grapes are turned into wine with the Charmat method in a steel tank for approximately 60 days. Prosecco is simply cheaper to make than Champagne but also because Champagne is perceived as a luxury product. Prosecco can cost a maximum of £20, whereas champagne is more around a minimum of £40 to get a well-known brand even though some independant champagne estates can have real gems.
Why do I like it so much?
Prosecco production has improved since the 1960s and leading now to high quality wine. It is mostly drunk as an aperitif whereas in Italy you can drink it for every occasion. Tasting of fruit and flower aromas, with lighter bubbles than champagne because of the tank ageing method, it is wonderful paired with cold cuts, melon & prosciutto and Asian dishes.