Vino 101: Prosecco
Prosecco is a sparkling frizzante (or still) wine, made from the Glera grape. The most common style of Prosecco as we know it comes in the sparkling style. It is not the methode Champenoise (fermented in the bottle), but rather the method Italiano (fermented in a large pasteurization chamber of an autoclave), also known as Metodo Charmat-Martinotti.
In the same way you can’t label French sparkling wine champagne unless the grapes are actually grown in the Champagne region of France, you can’t label Italian sparkling wine prosecco unless the grapes are grown in the Veneto or the Friuli regions of northeastern Italy. Drinking prosecco in the region where it originated, you can be 99.9% sure it will be a good quality and the real deal, not a sparkling wine made from another kind of grape.
Can you order prosecco no matter where you are in Italy? According to our A&B wine expert, prosecco can be found anywhere in Italy, but the area known for producing the finest prosecco is around Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Both are about one hour from Venice. There you will find the best prosecco to be had in Italy. The only way to know for sure if what you’re drinking is true prosecco is to read the label.