Where Does Prosecco Come From?

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Prosecco, “the hospitable wine”, is an Italian sparkling wine. It’s a progressively common alternative to Cava and even Champagne. So, where does Prosecco come from? The name “Prosecco” comes from the traditional variety of grape used to produce it.   Today we often call it the “Glera” grape.  More expensive bottles of Prosecco are as a result of having only had this one type of grape used. It’s an “off-dry” wine with tones of contemporary, crisp apple and zingy citrus. The easier production method produces a softer, more demanding and appealing wine.

Prosecco has a low alcohol content of about 11% which makes it very refreshing and light. This wine is perfect for any occasion and goes very well with hors d’oeuvres, chicken or fish.

How is Prosecco Made?

The famous Italian wine Prosecco uses the Charmat method in its production (this method is also called the “Cuve Close” method or “Tank Method”). Therefore it is quite different from the normal “Traditional Method” which is used in making champagne.

Where in Italy does Prosecco Come From?

Prosecco originates in Northern Italy around the foothills of the Veneto region, which is located to the north of the city of Venice.  Prosecco has a unique and protected brand name, however other similar sparkling wines produced outside of this specific geographical area cannot market themselves as Prosecco.  The best quality Prosecco wine comes from Treviso province of Veneto, just between the towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano.

This breathtakingly fine-looking region of Italy has this sunny Adriatic coast towards the East, the romantic famous city of Venice in the South, and the Dolomite Mountains to the North. Glera is one of the oldest varieties of grape. Italian winemakers love it and have done as far back as the Roman era. Its history is traceable to a village called Prosecco in the northern Veneto region. As a result, producers are making a sweet sparkling Glera wine outside this region because the producers in the prosecco region are fiercely protective of their heritage and tradition.

The Prosecco Grape

Interestingly, Prosecco grapes grow on the southeasterly facing slope. This protects them from the colder Alpine rain and wind coming from the North post. The early morning sun provides an increase in carbon dioxide. As a result the grapes are sweeter. Glera grapes produce its soft flavors of peach and apple during the dry summers, cold winters with seasonal variation in moderate temperature. The growers of Prosecco don’t joke about their viticulture; they carefully observe and oversee the wellbeing of their vines starting from the first bud down to the harvesting of the grapes exactly when they are due.

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