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This light and refreshing wine is a casual celebratory drink

Italy is the world’s largest producer of sparkling wine, thanks to the incredible success of Prosecco. Such became its success that the area in which Prosecco is allowed to be made (Prosecco DOC) was expanded, on mostly flatlands with sandy soils, to cover nine provinces spanning the Veneto (Venice) and Friuli-Venezia Guilia regions.

Located fifty km north of Venice and some 100 km from the Dolomites, the area of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, with its combination of marine and glacial soils, is the historic heartland of Prosecco.

The area is characterised by a geomorphological conformation known as a “Hogback” – a series of steep, rugged slopes extending in an east-west direction, interspersed with small, parallel-running valleys. It is believed that the often-extreme gradients and diversity of soil types are responsible for the quality of Prosecco from here.

Prosecco brings forth the celebratory bubbles at a quarter (or less) of the price of Champagne and is finding itself a swathe of international consumers. Prosecco is a lighter, slightly sweeter wine, a more casual drink as compared to Champagne.

Prosecco brings forth the celebratory bubbles at a quarter (or less) of the price of Champagne…

Big changes for the region have come into effect with the creation of Prosecco DOC Rosé, for which the (white) Glera grape is blended with 15 percent Pinot Noir (red).

Prosecco DOC Rosé is an attractive wine, delicate in colour with the prettiest of rose and floral aromas, and crushed raspberry and strawberry flavours.

Text Annabel Jackson / Photo courtesy of Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC