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Different Styles of Prosecco

07/11/2013

As regular visitors to our site know, there is so much more to prosecco than being a ‘sparkling wine’. There are many different varietals which all add their own distinctive senses to the drink in developing the perfect prosecco valdobbiadene.

Prosecco is mainly produced as a sparkling wine in one of two varieties,  the fully sparkling spumante or lightly sparkling frizzante. The added label that Prosecco receives is due to the sweetness of the wine. These labels include “brut” (up to 12 g of residual sugar), “extra dry” (12-20g) or “dry” (20-35g).

Most Prosecco variants are meant to taste light and fresh, and flavours that come to the fore include white peach, yellow apple, apricot and pear. The aromatic taste even hints at lilac and acacia flowers. The delicious bouquet is unmistakeable with citrus fruits, golden apples and fresh greenery, invoking the warmer months.

There is also the issue of where the grape is grown, is it DOC or DOCG?

DOC – Denominazione di Origine Controllatan: As far as prosecco is concerned Prosecco, this means that all the wine must be produced in the Frizzante or Spumante style, from the approved grape varieties within the boundaries of the stated areas.

DOCG – Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita: The highest quality recognition for Italian wine, this ‘guarantee’ ensures stricter wine control and usually a smaller, higher quality grape  yield than DOC production.