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Prosecco

Prosecco is one of Italy's most-loved symbols around the world for its fresh and immediate personality, moderate alcohol content, versatility and exceptional value for money, which is unrivalled worldwide. Its origins date back to the 17th century and are found in the municipality of the same name near Trieste, the cradle of the white grape variety called Glera. But it is in the Veneto area, in the province of Treviso, that it has reached its best and most famous expressions, in areas now protected by specific titles, among which the most important is that of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, which also includes the renowned Cartizze hill. It is especially appreciated in the sparkling version and offered on the market in different dosages, of which Extra Dry remains the most classic. Each glass encapsulates all the freshness of the Veneto hills, capable of bringing liveliness to moments of celebration, dinners and aperitifs, and confirming its status as important Italian excellence that has captured the attention of the whole world.

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Prosecco is one of Italy's most-loved symbols around the world for its fresh and immediate personality, moderate alcohol content, versatility and exceptional value for money, which is unrivalled worldwide. Its origins date back to the 17th century and are found in the municipality of the same name near Trieste, the cradle of the white grape variety called Glera. But it is in the Veneto area, in the province of Treviso, that it has reached its best and most famous expressions, in areas now protected by specific titles, among which the most important is that of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, which also includes the renowned Cartizze hill. It is especially appreciated in the sparkling version and offered on the market in different dosages, of which Extra Dry remains the most classic. Each glass encapsulates all the freshness of the Veneto hills, capable of bringing liveliness to moments of celebration, dinners and aperitifs, and confirming its status as important Italian excellence that has captured the attention of the whole world.

Tradition and Modernity of Prosecco

As early as 1754 the poet Aureliano Acanti wrote "and now I want to fill my beak with that aromatic Prosecco'', however the cultivation of Glera grapes was already present in Roman times on the Karst hills of Trieste. In the 18th century cultivation then expanded throughout the Veneto-Friuli hills, as mentioned in the Roccolo Ditirambo di Acanti and in the Collezione Ampelografica Provinciale Trevigiana, which identifies this grape variety as 'among the best white grapes for aromatic quality'.

Over the centuries, wine production expanded from the hilly areas to the flatter neighbouring areas in the Veneto-Friuli region. Here, at the beginning of the twentieth century, Prosecco sparkling wine was born, the modern one that we all enjoy. Today, also thanks to the advice of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene School of Enology, the technique has been perfected and the production method increasingly enhances its peculiarities.

Prosecco production is permitted in the north-eastern area of Italy, in the territories of 5 provinces of Veneto and 4 provinces of Friuli Venezia Giulia, but it is in the province of Treviso that it has reached its maximum expression, in particular in Valdobbiadene and Colli Asolani, areas that have both been protected by DOCG. In the specifications of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene and Colli Asolani the product can bear the title of Prosecco Superiore when the starting grapes meet high quality standards. Today there are around 8159 wineries and 269 sparkling wine producers in the area, producing 200 million bottles that are now appreciated in every corner of the world.



The Different Expressions

The most famous and widespread expression is the sparkling wine, produced according to the Charmat or Martinotti method, with re-fermentation in hermetically sealed steel tanks, called autoclaves. At the end of the production process it can be dosed as Brut, Extra Dry, Dry and Demi-Sec, depending on the level of sugar present. Prosecco Extra-Dry is undoubtedly the most popular type, characterised by a good residual sugar that gives it a light and pleasant sweetness.

Traditionally, sparkling Prosecco was produced by spontaneous re-fermentation in the bottle. In modern times this practice has fallen into disuse but has been rediscovered in recent years by traditionalist producers who have returned to the ancient variant known as "Colfondo", i.e. with the natural sediment from fermentation in the bottle.

The sparkling type with re-fermentation in the bottle has a less continuous and regular effervescence, due to the lower pressure inside the bottle and the refinement on the yeasts. In this case, the organoleptic profile is softer and more rustic, with distinct hints of yeast.

When grapes from a single harvest are used, one speaks of Prosecco Millesimato, with an indication of the year in which the grapes were harvested.



Serving Suggestions and Pairings

This wine speciality should be tasted and appreciated in its early age, when it contains the freshest and most engaging characteristics. The year after the harvest is the best time to open a bottle. The serving temperature should be around 6-8°C.

It always turns out to be very versatile in its combinations and able to accompany the most carefree and pleasant moments of the day. The ideal accompaniment is for informal occasions, such as an aperitif, but it also goes well with fish dishes, shellfish and tasty starters. The more classic and less dry versions also lend themselves to accompanying sweet snacks and pastries.

Its more modern and innovative side is also highlighted by its role in the field of mixology. Barmen from all over the world have often bought Magnum Prosecco for their own creations and have created delicious cocktails that have contributed to its worldwide fame: from Bellini to Mimosa, from Rossini to Tintoretto, as well as trendy drinks such as the Spritz.

On Callmewine you will find bottles and labels for every occasion on sale at the best prices. Discover our selection of Prosecco, perfect for giving as a gift or enjoying in lively company. Aperitifs and dinner invitations will never be the same again with these fantastic Italian bubbles.