Prosecco 101

Prosecco is a sparkling wine that’s often taken for granted. It’s an easy drinking bubbly that’s usually sold at a just as easy price. Prosecco is an Italian wine, and it’s often put in a heated battle of Prosecco vsChampagne.

Perhaps the most urgent question, however, might be “is Prosecco sweet?” Not always. It comes in various sweetness levels, and can even be dry (depending on your tastes, it can even be dry enough for a Prosecco mimosa). Read VinePair’s full Prosecco guide for everything you need to know about Italy’s most famous bubbly.


What Is Prosecco?

Prosecco is a sparkling wine made exclusively from the white Glera grape in the Veneto and Friuli regions of northern Italy. An easy-drinking bubbly, Prosecco is notable for its refreshing fruity and floral notes.

There are a few different quality levels (or classifications) of Prosecco. Bottles typically arrive in one of two bubbly styles: Frizzante (fizzy) or Spumante (fully sparkling). While still Prosecco does exist (Tranquillo) it’s very uncommon. Prosecco is also bottled at four different levels of sweetness: Brut (driest), Extra Dry, Dry, and Demi-Sec (sweetest).

Prosecco vs Champagne

Sometimes compared to one another, in reality, Prosecco and Champagne are vastly different. In addition to being made from different grapes, the most notable difference comes from how each wine gains its bubbles.

Prosecco is made using the Charmat method, meaning that the second fermentation (which is necessary for fizz) takes place in a stainless steel tank. This process produces a younger and fruitier style of sparkling wine. Champagne uses the Méthode Champenoise for its second fermentation. This happens inside the bottle, on the lees, resulting in a more complex and often less fruit-forward profile.

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