Prosecco is a sparkling wine made from the grape Glera. It is a refreshing and easy drinking style of bubbly available at different sugar levels from very dry to medium sweet styles. It is a sparkling which suits most palates and hence is the highest selling sparkling wine in the world. As per a an article published by Forbes last year, 2.5 Billion bottles are produced each year around the world of which 660 million come from Italy which puts it on top of the country table and of that 435 Million bottles are Prosecco.
Prosecco from Australia?
Prosecco DOC the regional classification was formed in 2009 , prior to this Prosecco was the name of the grape used to make the sparkling wine. Prosecco is made in the North Eastern part of Italy and is named after the region. In 2009 after the DOC the new nomenclature of the grape was Glera however Prosecco as a grape was being grown outside Italy too, especially Australia for around two decades. Australia first planted in the grape in the 90s and were making sparkling wine which became popular leading to multiple brands of the same. Australia and Italy continue to be at loggerheads on this issue, so whilst Australian Prosecco won't be found selling in the European Union don't be surprised if you if find one in India!
Brands of Prosecco in the Indian Market (Mumbai prices)
Just Roberto Rs 1850
Treviso Rs 1959
Bolla Rs 2100
Martini Rs 2300
Cavicchioli Extra Dry Rs 2500
Zonin, Special Cuvee Brut Rs 2500
Torresella Extra Dry Rs 2500
Luna Argenta Rs 2700
Villa Sandi Asolo Superiore DOCG Rs 2780
Villa Callapiano Rs 2799
Pasqua Audrey Hepburn Frizzante Rs 2799
Bisol, BELSTAR Cult Rs 2885
Carpene Malvolti Rs 2990
Santa Margherita Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG Rs 3200
Sensi 18k Gold Rs 3960
The other Italian sparkling wine of high repute we have in India is Franciacorta, a style of sparkling with secondary fermentation in the bottle just like Champagne. It was first made after the mid 1900s and continues to be made in the region the bubbly takes its name from. The grape primarily are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Ca'del Bosco Cuvee Prestige DOCG Franciacorta Brut Rs 11900