10 Things You Didn't Know About Prosecco
Prosecco is the perfect drink for any occasion - whether you want a glass of something bubbly and refreshing after a long day of work, you’re celebrating with friends, or you’re out for dinner.
But how much do you actually know about this popular beverage? Keep reading to learn 10 things you didn’t know about Prosecco (a few might surprise you!).
1. Prosecco Can Only Be Produced In Certain Areas
Prosecco is produced in the North-East of Italy - and any wine produced outside of this doesn’t reach the trademark standards, meaning that it isn’t real Prosecco.
When you’re shopping for Prosecco, look out for the terms ‘DOCG’, and ‘DOC’ on the label - these are the quality assurance labels for Italian wines.
If you see DOCG, this essentially means that the winemakers met the highest standards possible.
DOC still means that the wine is quality, but the rules are slightly less restricted than wines with a DOCG status.
Most people associate Prosecco with the small region in the Veneto called Conegliano Valdobbiadene - an area around 50 kilometres from Venice surrounded by beautiful hilly countryside.
2. Prosecco Trumps Champagne In Popularity
The ‘Champagne vs Prosecco’ debate is as old as time, but ultimately, there’s no clear winner - it all comes down to personal preference.
However, last Christmas, Prosecco has more sales than Champagne by ten to one. It’s rapidly becoming one of the most popular wines - with an estimated 36% increase in sales over five years.
In 2021, there are entire festivals and events dedicated to Prosecco - Prosecco candles, Prosecco bath salts, and even Prosecco bong (basically beer pong, but with Prosecco!).
3. Prosecco Isn’t As Sweet As You Might Think
Prosecco used to be a sweet wine, but due to the growth of technology leading to better production techniques, the sparkling drink now has a dry taste to it.
Unlike many other wines, Prosecco doesn’t have much residual sugar, making it a great choice if you’re watching your weight, or you’re on the keto diet.
A typical glass of Prosecco contains around 86 calories, which is great compared to the 147 found in a medium glass of Rosé wine.
When you’re browsing for Prosecco on the shelves of your local supermarket, it’s good to know the different levels of sweetness - brut, extra dry, dry, or demi-sec.
Brut is the driest option - it translates to dry in French. Demi-sec is the sweetest, so if you’re not much of a wine drinker, then you may prefer a demi-sec Prosecco.
4. Prosecco Isn’t Always Sparkling
When you think of Prosecco, you think of a sparkling, refreshing, dry wine - but it hasn’t always been this way.
Back when the Romans enjoyed Prosecco, it was a still wine - it wasn’t until the founder of the Carpenè Malvolti winery, Antonio Carpenè added a second fermentation to the winemaking process that Prosecco became the bubbly beverage we know and love.
You can still buy still Prosecco - it’s known as Tranquillo, which translates to ‘still’ in Italian.
You can find three different types of Prosecco fizziness - Spumante, Frizzante, and Tranquillo.
Spumante is the best choice if you’re looking for a fizzier Prosecco. Frizzante may sound like the fizziest, but it has a milder fizz - and Tranquillo is completely still.
5. Prosecco Is The Name Of A Town
You may be wondering where Prosecco gets its name from - well, Prosecco is the name of a town in Italy.
Prosecco was first made in this small town near Trieste, in North-East Italy, back in the 16th century.
However, you may be surprised to know that most people say the best Prosecco can actually be found in the Veneto - the north-eastern east coast of Italy near the Slovenian border.
The small town lies almost 250 metres above sea level and is a quaint area with picturesque red-tiled farmhouses, beautiful vineyards, and restaurants that boast scenic ocean views.
6. Prosecco Is Less Likely To Give You A Hangover
Hangovers can be horrible experiences, and can even lead to you taking a sick-day.
Well, you’ll be glad to know that Prosecco has less alcohol than others types of wine, which is great if you’re hoping to avoid a hangover.
Obviously there are limitations to this - you’re pretty likely to feel bad the next morning if you’re drinking bottle after bottle.
Although Prosecco usually only contains around 12% ABV, it still has a refreshing kick to it.
7. Prosecco Goes Well With Food
As well as tasting great, Prosecco also pairs well with many different foods.
In fact, it can taste great with anything you want to eat, whether it's a morning Mimosa with pancakes or eggs, a refreshing glass with savoury snacks, or a glass of Prosecco when you’re out for dinner.
Prosecco can also complement seafood - so next time you’re eating a prawn cocktail or sushi, why not try it with a glass of Prosecco?
Lobster, shrimp, oysters, and other shellfish also taste great with Prosecco, especially in the warmer weather.
Desserts can also pair perfectly with Prosecco. Creamy cheesecakes or rich sponge cakes can taste delicious with a glass of Prosecco, as can lighter desserts such as Greek yoghurt and fruit, or a tasty sorbet.
8. Millennial Brits Love Prosecco The Most
Britain is one of the biggest consumers of Prosecco - back in 2016, as a nation, we consumed a whole third of the 410 million Prosecco bottles produced according to the Consortium for the Protection of Prosecco.
This figure is a lot more than any other country's consumption, which is certainly something to be proud of.
Millennial Brits are thought to be the biggest consumers of the fizzy favourite in Britain - a poll by WSTA (Wine and Spirit Trade Association) found that a whopping 97% of 18-24-year-olds in the UK took the survey to drink it.
9. Prosecco Comes From The Glera Grape
Although the Glera grape isn’t as well known as the Champagne grape, it’s a tasty grape that dates back to Roman times.
Prosecco can be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Perera, Bianchette, and Verdiso, but the true Prosecco grape is the Glera. Prosecco wines have to use at least 85% Glera grapes.
The Glera grape is considered a semi-aromatic variety, but the location where it’s grown can impact the taste.
When Glera grapes are grown on flat land without restrictions, the grapes become more neutral - and when Glera grapes are grown on south-facing slopes with restrictions, the grapes become fruity and floral.
Glera grapes have flavours and aromas of honey, elderflower, lily, daisy, apple, pear, grapefruit, lime, lemon, and mandarin.
10. Prosecco Tastes Better In A Certain Glass
Like many different types of alcohol, Prosecco tastes better when drank from a certain glass.
The tulip style glass is perfect for serving Prosecco - unlike champagne flutes, tulip glasses have a wider shape which can help to release the wine’s floral aromas.
Flute glasses also feature a tapered rim, which helps to prevent the bubbles from escaping.
I always order a mixed case as you can get the best of both! They're absolutely delicious but the pink is definitely my fave. Only 450 cals per large bottle too!!
I decided to give this a try. Initially, we thought the first one (pink) was a little sour. But we had ordered 6 and so we kept going over time. We then loved the white and had another pink after that and really loved it too. We will be buying more of this in future. It’s a brilliant alternative and we will stick with it. Maybe it takes a bottle to get used to the difference but then we really started to appreciate it.
I'm not a huge fan of prosecco in general but really liked this. Very light and dry and yes, no hang over the next morning- always a bonus!
Perfect size absolutely delicious wine excellent value
Recommended by a bootcamp so it had to be good. And it is..
Clean crisp and fresh.
No chemical taste that you get with some cheap prosecco
Will definitely buy more
Love the white and pink prosecco, the taste is there without the calories. What more can you ask for ? Easy to order and fast delivery also.
Delicious wine, excellent quality and perfect size
I absolutely loved my mixed case of mini bottles. Perfect when I just want one drink and not the whole bottle.
Both the prosecco and rose are so light and delicious I've been recommending them to all my friends - which probably means I need to buy bigger bottles next time!
I lived these. They look and taste great and most importantly, no wine headache in the morning. I liked the rose best but that's probably because it's made with pino grigio grapes. The prosseco is very nice too. I'm going to order more today.
This Prosecco is delicate, clean and classy. For me the white was slightly better than the pink .. just lovely .. none of that sticky sweetness of cheap supermarket Proseccos . Will be buying this one again .. will definitely be my summer Prosecco and I’m really glad to have come across it .. stands out from the crowd.
The nicest proseco and sparkling wine I have ever tasted. Not too bubbly, just perfect 🥂
Great size bottles for not wanting to open a full bottle I.e. stressful day and just want a glass.
Really good to slip in a gift bag for presents too 💜💙
I could drink a lot of this wine, and it's vegan too.....so I bought more. It would have been rude not to. :)
I am so excited to finally find a delicious drink that is low calorie! I purchased a pack to try and love the flavour of both. They were packed really well and I even got a lovely thank you letter. Thank you so much, I will be recommending and buying again. I'm very happy!
It came in a lovely box and well packaged. Tastes like Pinot Grigio with bubbles, it was crisp, fresh and clean tasting. Most importantly I woke up feeling fresh, no headache or feeling sluggish like I normally do when indulging in wine. Will definitely order again,