Prosecco – Italy’s very own Sparkling Wine
Almost everyone knows about Champagne and Sparkling wine, But did you know Italy supplies its very own unique type of Sparkling Wine called ‘Prosecco’? The name is derived from a small Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste – where the grape might have originated!
Prosecco is produced in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the north of Treviso. In the area of production, vines cling to the steep slopes which make hand picking the only way to obtain the grape. The area has approximately 20 000 hectares of vine and now only wines which are harvested from that area can be called ‘Prosecco’- much like Champagne can only originate from France.
It is easy to drink and can be enjoyed with food or as an aperitif. Ranging from Dry to slightly Sweet, the wine is so versatile there is a type for everyone. It holds a light fizz and can be added to stronger mixes such as Aperol to make spritz. Prosecco has a superior DOCG classification (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita or Controlled Designation of Origin Guaranteed. Meaning that it is at the top of the classification board and legally binding.
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