The last decade has seen the rise and rise of Prosécco in the Champagne and sparkling wines category. For imported sparkling wines in Australia, Champ...
The last decade has seen the rise and rise of Prosécco in the Champagne and sparkling wines category. For imported sparkling wines in Australia, Champagne was the leader historically with daylight between it and the next category leader. But in recent years there has been an explosion in demand for Prosécco, not only in Australia but also around the world - so much so, that there is already talk of future shortages of one of the world’s favourite drinks.
Prosécco originated from North-Eastern Italy, in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions. Here is the cool hills around Venice is produced Italy’s most famous sparkling while. While Prosécco is mainly made using the Prosécco or Glera grape, other varieties can also be used, including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. And within the regions where Prosécco is produced there is also a small area that year in and out has shown itself to be home to the finest wines, which are labelled as Prosécco Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG. While Prosécco is a sparkling wine, the winemaking used to make it is quite different from Champagne. Champagne gets much of its complexity from extended bottle fermentation on yeast lees but Prosécco is all fermented in tank and removed from the yeast as quickly as possible to create its bright, fresh and fruit forward style. That said, Prosécco can still be a complex wine, showing green apple and floral fruits backed by savoury European complexity.
While Italy is best known for its Prosécco, Australia is also quickly gaining a reputation as a quality source. Victoria and in particular the cool King Valley has been crafting Prosécco for many years, wines which now are in higher demand than ever before. Compared to the Italian wines they are more fruit forward but also show more of the floral complexity that Prosécco is rightfully famous for.