Thursday 4 August 2016

What is the Difference Between Champagne and Prosecco?

Italian Prosecco is fast-becoming French Champagne’s main rival in the global luxury sparkling wine market. So which should you buy the next time you celebrate a special occasion? Ideal Wine Company considers the difference between Champagne and Prosecco.

Grapes varietals

Champagnes and Proseccos are created from different grapes. Champagnes are made and blended only from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Proseccos can be produced and blended from a wider variety of grapes, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Verdiso Bianchetta and Perara.

However, the little-known Glera grape, a highly-aromatic variety which dates back to Italy’s Roman period, tends to dominate Prosecco-making.

Production methods

By law, companies can only label their products ‘Champagne’ or ‘Prosecco’ if they use specific production methods. Champagne production is characterised by two fermentation processes; the first in an oak barrel, the second in a bottle.

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