PROSECCO : the sparkling, light and refreshing companion to your summer evenings
Prosecco is a white wine with fine bubbles and its very own personality to match. Born in the northeastern regions of Italy, it is produced in 9 provinces of Veneto under the classification of DOC (Denominazione d'Origine Controllata). The province of Treviso is considered one of the very best in terms of quality and is home to many of the historical cellars, the oldest of which dates back to 1540. These wines enjoy the prestigious designation of DOCG (Denominazione of origin controllata e garantita, the highest Italian level). It is here that Prosecco sparkles the brightest, fully expressing its complex character, particularly in the municipalities between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, where the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG appellation is located.
The high quality of the Prosecco produced in these municipalities is partly due to its limited production and the manual harvest carried out on very steep hills, whose altitudes vary between 70 and 450 meters. Planted on hillsides with a slope of up to 70%, the vineyards require 1.500 hours of manual work per hectare in the DOCG Prosecco Superiore, compared to just 300 hours for a Prosecco DOC.
Another secret to the quality of Prosecco Superiore DOCG lies in the terroir. In Valdobbiadene, there are three types of soil: sand, clay and limestone. This mix allows Glera – the region’s flagship grape variety and mandatory majority of the blend, at 85% - to express fruity notes and a very balanced acidity.
Prosecco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG in images
The various styles of Prosecco can be distinguished in terms of flavour, from driest to sweetest.
With a sugar level between 0 and 12 g/L, is the most modern version of Prosecco and best known worldwide. It is recognisable by its light straw-yellow colour and floral notes, along with hints of green apple, pear, and sometimes lychee.
With a sugar content between 17 and 32 g/L, is the sweetest version of Prosecco, a gourmet wine that will pair beautifully with a wide range of dessert dishes.