Prosecco wines as I am sure you are aware are Italy’s favorite version of sparkling wine which are reguarly compared with Champagne and after all why not as Champagne is determined quite strictly by the geographical areas within where it is produced. Of course, there are other differences between Champagne and Prosecco and price may well be one of the other big factors, Champagne is more premium priced due to the market positioning as well as using different grapes and different wine making methods.
We will explore best prosecco wine brands as well as some great value options that will not break the bank.
Prosecco is a sparkling wine that originates from the Valdobbiadene region in Veneto Italy. The wine is made from a high percentage of specific grapes which are called ‘Glera’ and the methods used to make the wine produced an amount of pressure which happens to be twice the pressure of beer, therefore those lovely bubbles we all love last longer.
Sweetness of Prosecco
The sweetness levels of prosecco is determined in three levels based on the amount of sugar included in the product.
The sweetest is classed as a dry, the mid-level is classed as extra dry and the least sweetest is called Brut. The Dry has approx. twice as much sugar than that of a Brut.
Prosecco should be served straight from the fridge ideally around 5 degrees C / 41 degrees F and served in a tulip shaped glass with the tallness and thinness helping to preserve the bubbles for longer as they attach themselves to the side of the glass. The wider part at the top of the glass helps expose the aromas of the wine.
Classification of Prosecco
It is helpful to understand that there are several different classifications for Prosecco which are stamped on the labels placed on to the bottle such as DOC and DOCG. These acronyms represent quality categorization both legally and as recognition of the quality level attained e.g. (DOC) Denominazione d’Origine Contollata, (DOCG) Denominazione d’Origine Contollata e Garanita.
To give you some idea of the quality levels and regions please see the below brief overview.
Prosecco DOC – The base level of the quality if you refer to a pyramid then DOC is it. It is the most common level and the entry point into the category and can be made in nine provinces from the regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia to Veneto. As you would expect there are more areas to make theses products to service more volume and less restrictions than the more superior products.
Prosecco DOCG Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore – Good wines in terms of character and the grapes are blended with grapes from smaller areas with a more potent flavour and grown between the hills of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano.
Asolo Prosecco DOCG – Some great wines produced in this region and on the opposite side of the rivcer to Valdobbiadene and Conegliano region.
Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco DOCG– these wines are made exclusively on the hills between the two towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene which is in the Treiso province.
Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG – is generally known to be the area that produces the finest Prosecco. The land mass of this area is approx. 250 acres and therefore has limited capacity and is situated close to Valdobbiadene.
The classification of Prosecco can be clearly seen on the label on the neck of the bottle.
Best Prosecco Wine Brands
There are a multitude of good Prosecco brands in the market and some great products within a reasonable price range, please see the following small selection of prosecco’s.
Biso Desiderio Jeio Prosecco DOCG– Great depth and aromas and competitively priced at approx. $18 a bottle.
La Farra DOCG– made by La Farra soligo a family owned vineyard, the product has DOCG status and has notes of apple and peaches – average price around $18 a bottle.
Altaneve Z Prosecco Superiore N.V– this fantastic example gets some great reviews, notes of peaches, pears, citrus, lemon and lime some even say it’s better than champagne!
Bianca Vigna Prosecco Brut– a good allrounder that is not too overpriced at around $15 – $16 a bottle.
VJB Prosecco Extra dry 2017– light but fairly high in acidity with apple, melon, citrus and grapefruit notes and easy drinking, approx. $24 a bottle.
Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze– light and fizzy with starfruit tropical and citrus notes, approx. $15 a bottle.
Canti Prosecco– one of many different varieties available from the Canti brand, they also produce a brut as well as spumantes.
Serenello Prosecco Brut Millesimato Treviso 2017 – great all-round prosecco with notes of peach, pear, citrus and lemon which is $10.50 a bottle, a real steal for the quality presented in this wonderful prosecco.
Bortolin Angelo Extra Dry Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superior– a well-rounded, velvety easy drinking prosecco at approx. $25.
Dal Bello Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry– plenty of character, dry and elegant with lemon, apple, and peach notes approx. $18 a bottle.
Bottega Pinot Noir Sparkling Brut Rose Prosecco –Unusual of course for a prosecco to be made mainly from pinot noir grapes which are from Lombardy. The grapes give a blast of different red fruits with strawberries and raspberries and a rose tint in the glass. The bottle is quite unique also and would be perfect for a gift. Average price $31.
Altaneve Z Prosecco Superiore N.V– this fantastic example gets some great reviews, notes of peaches, pears, citrus, lemon, and lime some even say it’s better than champagne.
Pale Fox Asolo Prosecco– Light with medium acidity. Pear and lemon notes and at the higher range at approx. $31 a bottle.
Menestrello Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore– very light, fizzy and high in acidity and has peach pear, grapefuit, kiwi and pineapple notes approx. $11.50 a bottle.
As with most things the most important element to one’s own classification of best is personal taste as one person may opt for a dry prosecco and the other may opt for a more sweet prosecco that said it is important to seek out the products that are inline with your preferences and simply try a bottle, nothing ventures nothing gained.