Prosecco wine is a sparkling white wine from Italy. It is an Italian-protected wine appellation known as Prosecco Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) or Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG).
Specifically, it is from the provinces of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, a white wine growing region in Italy, famous for producing sparkling wines.
Prosecco DOC/DOCG is widely known for its sparkling wine made usually from the Glera grape. It is most commonly made by a method called the Tank Method.
Tank method wines undergo primary fermentation and then the second fermentation occurs in a pressurised tank. Depending if the desired final product is sparkling or semi-sparkling the wine is then chilled to arrest fermentation.
This tank method has become popular as it highlights the aromatics and fruit-forward nature of the wine, making fresh and fruity sparkling wine perfect for all occasions.
Australian Prosecco has had great success growing in areas like the King Valley and north-eastern Victoria. This is largely due because Italian immigrants have flourished in the establishment of Prosecco to the Australian market.
What does Prosecco taste like?
Prosecco is usually quite light in body and is typically an aromatic, fruit-forward sparkling wine, with vibrancy and a crisp finish. It has larger bubbles than the typical fine beads of Champagne and can be medium to high in acidity. Common flavours to find in prosecco wine would be fruity ones like green apple, pear, melon, peach and honeysuckle.
Is Prosecco sweet or dry?
Prosecco DOC is usually made extra dry or dry. Prosecco’s fruity style of granny smith apple, pear and melon often are described as so incredibly fruit forward this can be perceived as fruit sweetness to some.
Prosecco Superiore DOCG can range in sugar levels from dry to semi-sweet.
What food pairings match prosecco?
What can't Prosecco do is probably a better question. Prosecco’s affordable price point means it's a sparkling wine for all occasions. Celebrations, toasts, brunch dates and weekend parties. It also suits a wide range of seafood, fresh cheeses and seasonal fruit and vegetable dishes.
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