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An Introduction to Prosecco

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Prosecco has gained a lot of attention as a sparkling wine. In recent years, if you been offered sparkling wine while at a special event, it was more than likely Prosecco. Wine records from 2020 show that it has over-shadowed champagne when it comes to sales.

Identifying a True Prosecco

There is a tradition of making Prosecco that dates back hundreds of years. As with many wines, it must be produced in a certain location to be called Prosecco. A true Prosecco can only be produced in locations in northeastern Italy and made from the Glera grape grown in the region.

An aromatic, light-bodied wine that is highly aromatic, crisp and with a light body. It is full of large bubbles and borders on a medium to high acidity level. Apple, peach, melons and honeysuckle notes are present, often with an aftertaste of tropical fruits and hazelnut. It can offer creamy notes as well.

Grapes used in Prosecco

The Prosecco grape was originally a grape found in Northeast Italy. As it grew in popularity, the grape needed to be formally named and classified. The grape was renamed Glera. In order for a Prosecco to qualify as such, it must 85% of the wine must be from the Glera grape. The remainder can be made from a variety of grapes grown in the region.