7 Prosecco Facts for Prosecco Lovers
We like to think of ourselves as Prosecco connoisseurs. From the birth of the Nelson + Pops Drinks Co. we set out to ‘try and test’ every kind of Prosecco, in order to formulate a refined menu of only the finest bottles and flavours. But let’s face it, even the biggest fans don’t know everything there is to know about Prosecco and it’s heritage. From the latest craze of Prosecco on tap, to the risk of us running short forever, we dug deep to find 7 Prosecco facts about the nations favourite fizz.
In 2016 it was feared we may run out of Prosecco
Toby Magill, head of beer, wine and spirits at IRI, explains that similar to Champagne, Prosecco is “geographically limited” and can only be produced in a small region of Italy. Therefore “supply is finite.” As demand is growing more and more this is a worrying factor, there has been the odd scare over the past few years especially in 2016. Prosecco fans be prepared to head to Italy if this happens again – all hands on-board
Prosecco on tap is not ‘real prosecco’
EU law and the Italian makers of Prosecco claim it can only be named this if it’s produced and transported in a bottle from a certain region of Italy. “If Prosecco is sold on tap then it is no longer prosecco; it needs to be served directly from the bottle,” says Luca Giavi, the director of the Prosecco DOC Consortium for the BBC.
The famous ‘Prosecco region’ is called Conegliano-Valdobbiadene in the North-East of Italy.
Since 2014 Prosecco has been overtaking champagne
UK supermarket shoppers spent £181.8m on the Italian sparkling wine in 2014, compared with £141.3m on champagne claim The Guardian
The grapes that make Prosecco are called Glera
Although not as famous as Champagne grapes, or any of our favorite white wine favourites, the “Glera” grape is one that dates back to Roman times. Prosecco can also be made with Perera, Bianchetta, and Verdiso, and heavy hitters like Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. But Glera’s the grandpapa of Prosecco explains Vinepair.
Not all Prosecco is bubbly
There are actually three different levels of bubbliness for Prosecco: the most bubbly and the one we all love is (spumante), the second-most bubbly (frizzante), and one that has no bubbles at all is referred to as (tranquillo).
There are now Prosecco Festivals all around the UK
From Cardiff to Kent, Torquay to Blackpool this sold out festival promises to have over 40 types of Prosecco on offer with Italian Street Food and live music and entertainment. A day well spent we say! Get tickets to the Prosecco Festival here.
You can buy Prosecco everything!
The love of Prosecco is not limited to the bar. There has been an obsession of Prosecco-related merchandise over the past few years, from Prosecco beauty products such as lip balm to Prosecco candles. Planning to jump on the bandwagon? Prosecco is protected by trademark, and can only be marked as ‘Prosecco’ if there the product features the authentic sparkling wine from a strictly controlled area, as these tea producers found out!