Alcohol In Prosecco: A Guide
Prosecco is the ultimate drink for celebrations, drinks with the girls, and unwinding on Friday afternoon. However, it’s far too easy to drink glass after glass of Prosecco without considering the amount of alcohol in Prosecco.
This is where we can help you out, and inform you all about alcohol in Prosecco. Read on for our guide to alcohol in Prosecco, and to learn more about Prosecco in general, such as what it is, where it comes from, how it tastes, and the calories in Prosecco.
What is Prosecco?
Prosecco is a sparkling wine, first produced in North-East Italy. It is thought to have been enjoyed by the Romans back in 200BC, under the name of Puccino. However, the Prosecco name first appeared in history in 1754 in a poem by Aureliano Acanti.
The North-Eastern area of Italy has produced wine for millennia, with countless vineyards producing delicious wines. Like with any popular wines such as Champagne, Bordeaux, and Burgundy, Prosecco is named after a place. Prosecco is named after the suburb of Prosecco, found in the province of Trieste, Italy. It is produced in a large area, in nine provinces in Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Veneto.
Historically, Prosecco was made using glera grapes which aren’t actually native to Italy - they were brought over by Slovenia. However, in 2009, Italian winemakers decided to remarket the glera grape as Prosecco grapes.
You can find Prosecco in a variety of styles and dryness levels. However, the most popular styles are brut and extra brut. Brut refers to the dryness of the wine - brut means dry, so if you’re looking for a sweeter Prosecco, then you probably won’t enjoy a brut Prosecco.
The three most common dryness levels of Prosecco are brut nature, extra brut, and brut. Brut means ‘dry’ in French. Brut nature is the driest option there is, extra brut means extra dry, and brut is another term for dry, and is a popular type of Prosecco.
How Does Prosecco Taste?
Prosecco is a fresh, crisp, and light-bodied wine, and often has medium to high levels of acidity. This delicious alcoholic beverage is characterised by tasty bubbles - however, you can actually find Prosecco that doesn’t contain bubbles. This is called Tranquillo Prosecco - and can be found in many good supermarkets. It’s a still wine with no bubbles, unlike other types of Prosecco.
Back when Romans enjoyed their version of Prosecco, it was still and didn’t have the classic bubbles. However, this changed when the founder of Carpenè Malvolti winery, Antonio Carpenè added an extra stage to the fermentation process, creating the deliciously bubbly drink we know and love.
Some other types of Prosecco include Spumante and Frizzante - with Spumante being the fizziest.
Some flavours you may notice in a glass of Prosecco may include aromatic apple, peach, melon, honeysuckle, and pear. You may also notice secondary flavours such as hazelnut, cream, and tropical fruits.
As Prosecco is a crisp, dry wine with a moderate level of acidity, it’s not typically a sweet wine. Just because Prosecco is fruity, doesn’t mean that it is sweet. Demi-sec is the sweetest type of Prosecco, so if you prefer a sweeter beverage, you’re sure to prefer demi-sec Prosecco.
Brut Prosecco typically contains between 0-12 grams of residual sugar per litre, extra-dry Prosecco contains between 12-17 grams per litre, and dry Prosecco will contain between 17 and 32 grams of residual sugar per litre.
This makes Prosecco a great choice if you’re trying to lower your calorie intake or maintain a healthy diet. To learn more about the calories in Prosecco, scroll further down the post for our ‘What About Calories in Prosecco’ section.
How Much Alcohol in a Glass of Prosecco?
Most Prosecco contains alcohol - although you can find alcohol-free and low-alcohol Prosecco. This is ideal if you love the flavours and taste of Prosecco but you want to lower your alcohol consumption.
Your standard 125ml glass of Prosecco will usually contain around 1.5 units of alcohol. The recommended alcohol limit per week is 14 units - so if you drink two bottles of Prosecco a week, you’ll be exceeding the recommended weekly amount of alcohol.
As well as units, alcohol in drinks is calculated by the ABV - alcohol by volume. The ABV of wine can be found on the label, or on the menu if you’re in a bar or restaurant. Typically, Prosecco contains between 11% and 13% ABV, but of course, this can vary depending on the brand.
The ABV tells you how much alcohol is in the Prosecco in percentage. This means that the higher the ABV, the more alcohol will be in the drink and the stronger it will be. For example, your typical vodka ABV is 40%, whereas wine is usually around 12%. This is why you can drink several glasses of wine without feeling the effects, but if you drank a glass of vodka, you’d be very, very drunk.
To work out the number of units in a drink from the ABV, you simply multiply the ABV by the ml and then divide by 1000. For example, if you’re enjoying a 125ml glass of 12% ABV Prosecco, then you simply multiply 12 by 125 and then divide by 1000. This will give you the answer of 1.5 - the number of units that you’re consuming. A bottle of Prosecco will typically contain nine units.
When drinking alcohol, it’s important that you make note of what you’re drinking, as it can be easy to go overboard when you’re enjoying wine. Remaining within the recommended amount of alcohol per week can be beneficial to your health in the long term, lowering your blood pressure and reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancer, as well as helping to prevent heart or liver disease.
What About Calories in Prosecco?
Compared to other types of wine, especially full-bodied reds, Prosecco is one of the best beverages if you’re trying to lower or limit your calorie intake.
Your typical glass of Prosecco will contain roughly 1.5g of sugar and around 80 calories - but of course, this depends on the brand and the type of Prosecco that you opt for.
The calories in three glasses of Prosecco roughly equates to the same amount of calories found in a McDonald’s Mayo Chicken Burger.
If you’re looking to lower your calorie intake, opt for dry Prosecco. Brut and extra-brut Prosecco generally contain fewer calories as it is dry and doesn’t have much sugar. Dry Prosecco contains around 60 calories per glass. Sweeter Prosecco, on the other hand, can contain around 120 calories per glass.
At ThinK Wine, you can find delicious low-calorie, low-sugar vegan Prosecco. In fact, we’ve even won awards for the quality of our bubbly - so be sure to check it out today!
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,