Welcome to the Prosecco DOC Dreamland – the Prime Italian Sparkling Wine District known and loved by so many of us all over the world! With over two thousand years of bubbly, this is the wonderful story called Prosecco.
It is in North-East Italy where beautiful vineyards have grown the Glera grapes ever since the times of the Roman. Vines are planted on the sunny slopes in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and grow facing towards the sea, sheltered from the cold winds of the Bora growing between the Dolomites and the Adriatic Sea. Thanks to the Oenological School “G.B. Cerletti” located in Conegliano, in the second half of the 19th century the techniques for the second fermentation were developed in the Treviso province.
The Term “Prosecco” has been used since 1754. Pliny the Elder (Plinio il Vecchio), described Pucino – or what is now known as ‘Prosecco’ as one of greatest wines to grace the upper-class dining tables and a wine that also had health benefits and extended the life of anyone who drank it. In fact, Livia, wife of Emperor Augustus quoted that “no other wine is such a potent medicine”. In the 18th century it was already in use in roman poetry In Il Roccolo Ditirambo – by a famous italian poet by Aureliano Acanti. From here the rest is history!
The production of rosé sparkling wines in the DOC area has a centuries-old tradition and the first mentions of rosé wines with Pinot Noir date back to 1880. The techniques of sparkling making have been refined during the first half of 20th century, firstly with white grapes and then with blends of white and red grapes.
Today millions of people around the world turn to this lovable sparkling wine for so many great occasions and pairings. With over two thousand years of bubbling history, this is a wine that will both enchant and impress.
Where is Prosecco from?
The world of Prosecco changed on August 1, 2009. Before this date the word Prosecco referred to a vine, or a grape. However, just 11 years ago, Prosecco now refers to a place – a very special place. A territory subject to precise rules located in the regions of Veneto and Friuli and more precisely in the 5 provinces of Veneto (Treviso, Venice, Vicenza, Padua and Belluno) and 4 of Friuli (Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste and Udine).
This area of northeast Italy is the heartland of Prosecco, a sparkling wine that is now adored and famous all around the world. It is here amongst the lush Trevisan plains and the enchanting hillsides where the Glera grape grows and is tended by winemakers and vitners alike.
According to strict regulations, Prosecco is made from vines from grapes of the indigenous italian grape variety called Glera. Each bottle must be made with at least 85% of Glera, however many Prosecco DOC are pure with 100% Glera grapes.
The region of Prosecco offers the best soil for a quality grape growing for sparkling wine. The particular interaction between the climate, the soil and the winemaking tradition gives rise to Prosecco DOC, a unique advantage and a particular taste due to its indigenous grapes and climate. The region is cool and offers the Glera grape a longer growing season, giving the final wine freshness as well as citrus and floral aromas.
How Prosecco is made:
All year long beautiful Glera grapes grow on the sun-drenched hillsides of Prosecco. Grapes are harvested at the perfect time and wine is fermented in the tank and wonderful bubbles are created to produce the wine we all love and crave. The most famous and widespread type has fine and persistent bubbles. Thanks to its sugar content, Prosecco DOC Spumante can be Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Dry and Demi-sec. When it comes to the newest addition to the family, Prosecco DOC Rosé can only exist in the driest versions (Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut and Extra Dry).
Why you should love it:
With a floral and fruity aroma, and a fresh, light and lively taste, Prosecco DOC is the symbol of a delicious, simple, and refined drink. The wine has a moderate alcohol content which makes it the perfect wine to sip and savour as well as pair with an array of food pairings – almost anything to be honest! Prosecco is the perfect companion for every occasion and so many wonderful food pairings!
Our Prosecco Picks:
Bottega Gold Prosecco – “Glamorous and Great”
From the Prosecco Icon, Sandro Bottega comes Bottega Gold, a multi-award-winning sparkling wine. With its beautiful packaging, this wine stands out from the crowd and notes of lily of the valley, fresh white florals as well as fresh pear, green apple and citrus fruits, this wine is sexy and easy-going. It will be loved by anyone who touches it! During fermentation, the wine is left in contact with the wine lees – giving the wine increased structure, complexity and aromas. The bottle also makes for great decor!
La Marca Prosecco DOC – “Fresh and Fabulous”
Founded more than 40 years ago, La Marca is a result of a prosecco cooperative representing over 5,000 local winegrowers who farm more than 17,000 acres in Veneto, Italy. Not only does this bottle look beautiful, but the bubbles inside are fresh, luxurious and elegant. With notes of honeysuckle blossoms and fresh-picked citrus, this wine is both fun and fabulous! Not to mention it is one of Jillian Harris’ favourite wines!
Mionetto Prestige Prosecco Brut DOC Treviso – “Style & Substance”
Since 1877 Mionetto has always been a classic symbol of a modern Italian lifestyle, unlike any other brand. Encompassing passion, tradition and innovation, the bottle is designed so you never forget it with its iconic orange ribbon! This world-class winery has earned plenty of awards and represents a longtime story of love and quality. Mionetto Prosecco is also vegan! If you are passionate about Prosecco, this is a wine you must try. Ideal to enjoy in a cocktail or mimosa – make this Prosecco your own. Use #MyMionetto on Instagram to be featured.
Tenuta S. Anna Prosecco Extra-Dry – “Classic & Cool”
From Tenuta Sant’Anna comes this elegant and classic Prosecco. A perfect aperitif with your favourite cheese and charcuterie. With notes of pear flowers and peaches, the aromas will entice your senses and give way to a soft and fruity taste on your palate. A. winery that believes in biodiversity and sustainability, conserves the local wetlands, protects the bees and more. Toast with Tenuta Sant’Anna and share with pride!
La Tordera SAOMÌ BRUT Prosecco DOC Treviso – “Radiant & Remarkable”
Meet La Tordera Saomì Prosecco DOC – a rising star in Italy. Made by the Vettoretti family that has been growing grapes for four generations, the word Saomì is the name of the vineyard. La Tordera is the name of the hill where the family got their start in viticulture. This wine also had 10% chardonnay and has notes of wild apple, Mediterranean herbs, vanilla and acacia. The wine is naturally balanced, organic and hand-harvested The winery is solar-powered and the family is committed and dedicated to sustainable winegrowing and winemaking.
San Simone Rosè Brut Perlae Rosé – Radiant & Remarkable
Getting its colour from the Pinot Noir Grapes, this bottle is one of the first of its kind. A radiant pink hue gives way to a silky and sparkling wine with delicate aromas of pink roses, blackberries, blueberries, and citrus fruits. A vegan wine, perfect with all of your favourite foods that match its colour! From salmon to shrimp, to watermelon salads to charcuterie! This wine will delight and please your senses with pleasure! Owned & made by three siblings Chiara, Anna and Antonio this wine embraces life and culture!