Now a suburb of the northeast Italian city of Trieste, Prosecco is actually named after the grape that makes the famous Italian white wine. A key ingredient in Aperol Spritz, Prosecco’s popularity has been steadily growing internationally due to its deliciously dry and fruity taste.
Prosecco grapes are traditionally grown in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia provinces. The original home of prosecco is Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, a small region north of Venice, where prosecco has been grown and produced for centuries.
There are three basic styles of prosecco: Spumante (sparkling), Frizzante (fizzy) and Tranquillo (still) – each referring to the effervescence or ‘perlage’ of the prosecco.
Prosecco is dry on the palate with fruit and flower notes throughout. Its finer perlage and slightly lower alcohol creates a lighter sensation on the tongue. When pairing prosecco with food, its dryness suits sweeter and richer foods like cured meats and cheese, as well as both fresh and dried fruit.
WHAT IS DOC AND DOCG?
These two certifications prove you’re drinking real Italian prosecco (as well as other authentic Italian products). DOC stands for “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” or controlled designation of origin, meaning that the product has been certified authentic. If a prosecco is labeled “DOCG”, it means that the grapes are from Conegliano Valdobbiadene where the vines are centuries old. Riccadonna Prosecco is a DOCG that’s perfect for Aperol Spritz and easy to find in Australian stores – it even comes in handy Spritz packs.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHAMPAGNE AND PROSECCO
While the flavours and perlage of champagne and prosecco differ depending on several factors, the main difference is that champagne is the name of both the grape and the process of developing the wine. Prosecco grapes can be grown anywhere, and an estimated 60% of prosecco fruit is produced outside the traditional DOC and DOCG-protected areas in Italy’s northeast. Champagne can only be grown and produced in the Champagne region of France. It’s unique dry taste is perfect for Aperol Spritz.
HOW TO ENJOY PROSECCO
In an Aperol Spritz, of course! Prosecco is a drink for every occasion and can be enjoyed from lunch to dinner and well into the night. It’s ideal for special occasions and gifts or simply enjoyed in an Aperol Spritz at Aperitivo Hour with friends and family.
Find out how to make the perfect Aperol Spritz on our recipes page.