Prosecco

Prosecco has become very popular recently and is often used as alternative for the more expensive Champagne. The recent popularity can be explained by the very decent quality for only a fraction of the price you pay for Champagne. Prosecco is a fresh sparkling wine with a taste of apple and pear and a finish that tastes like citron. The more expensive versions and especially the ones from the hills of Cartizze have a more rich taste that can include hints of vanilla, plum, orange and other fruits. Prosecco drinks away easily because of the fresh taste and the low alcohol level.

Most Proseccos are produced on the hills of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano. Prosecco also has one 'cru' in the area around the hills of Cartizze. Prosecco from Cartizze is considered to be the best and therefore these bottles are also more expensive than others.

Prosecco is named after the grape it is made from which is pretty rare in Italy. Another rarity is that this wine usually does not have a vintage on its label. There are so called 'vintage' Proseccos on the market but considering that Prosecco should be drunk before it is two years old, it is questionable if this makes much difference.

Since the 1st of August 2009 Prosecco has been upgraded from DOC to DOCG status, the highest in Italy.

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