Whats the difference between Prosecco and Champagne?
They’re from different places, they are made from different grapes, they’re made in different ways, they have different flavour profiles and they represent different price points!
Grapes used in the production of both Champagne and Prosecco are set by their region's respective governing bodies to ensure the quality and authenticity of the region's wines.
Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Veneto region of Italy around the city of Treviso about 24km North of Venice.
- 1868 Carpene Malvolti produces the 1st sparking version of Prosecco
- Prosecco is produced primarily from the prosecco or glera grape, which is native to the Veneto region of Italy.
- Produced using an affordable method called the "Tank Method". Because this method is so efficient, it means the product — Prosecco — is less expensive to make, and less expensive to purchase.
Champagne is a sparking wine made in the Champagne region of France around the city of Reims about 130km Northeast of Paris.
- 1693 Dom Perignon produces the 1st sparking version of Champagne
- There are three main grapes allowed in the production of Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes
- Produced using a costly method called the "Traditional Method" This method is made using a time and labor intensive process. This requires that the wine's secondary fermentation (how it gets bubbles) take place in the same bottle it will be served from.
In Italy, Prosecco is enjoyed as a wine for every occasion. Outside Italy, it is most often drunk as an aperitif, much like Champagne. Like other sparkling wines, Prosecco is served chilled. Unlike champagne, Prosecco does not ferment in the bottle and grows stale with time; it should be drunk as young as possible and preferably before it is two years old!