What’s The Difference Between Prosecco And Sparkling Wine?

Are you the type of person who has always wondered what separates Prosecco from “regular” sparkling wine? If so, you’re in luck! Because today we’ll be taking a closer look at this time-honored beverage debate – by looking at each drink’s history and flavor profile, we can get to the bottom of which sparkly libation should take center stage for your next gathering. So pop open a bottle, pour yourself a glass, and get ready to find out what makes Prosecco and sparkling wine so different.

What is Prosecco?

The difference between Prosecco and sparkling wine lies primarily in the type of grape used, where it is grown, and the production method. Prosecco is a type of Italian sparkling wine made from grapes grown mainly in Veneto and Fruili Venezia Giulia. It is produced by a method called ‘charmat-Martinotti‘, which involves the secondary fermentation taking place in pressurized steel tanks rather than in each individual bottle. This process makes Prosecco less expensive to produce than other types of sparkling wines, such as Champagne or Cava.


What Is Sparkling Wine?

Whereas Prosecco uses Glera grapes, Champagne or sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes and Cava is made with Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes. Champagne also differs from Prosecco in terms of production methods – it uses what’s known as the ‘methode champenoise‘ or the traditional method that involves fermenting the win a second time in its own bottle under specific conditions. This process results in more complex aromas and greater complexity on the palate that can be found with Prosecco.

In terms of flavor profile, Champagne tends to have more delicate bubbles compared to Prosecco which has larger ones – both have a creamy texture but Champagne will generally have a higher acidity level while Prosecco has a sweeter taste due to its lower alcohol content. Furthermore, since Prosecco is typically served chilled whereas Champagne should be served at any temperature between cool (7-10°C) and cold (4-6°C), their respective bouquets can vary significantly.

In Conclusion

After delving into the specifics of Prosecco and sparkling wine, it looks like the biggest difference between the two beverages is the grapes from which they are made and their origins. Prosecco is only made with Glera grapes in Italy’s Treviso region, while other regions can make sparkling wines. However, both drinks have lots in common too—they are light and bubbly and great for special occasions! So whether you go Italian with a glass of Prosecco or prefer to explore different regions with a sparkling tipple of your choosing, one thing is certain: You’ll be sure to enjoy every sip!

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