Who doesn’t love a fizzy glass of prosecco at the end of the day? The way those bubble tingle as they trickle down your throat and up your nose is an extremely satisfying sensation – one that instantly makes you relax and feel alive at the same time. But there is so much more to your bottle of prosecco than you may realise. Let’s start by defining the main characteristics of Britain’s favourite sparkling wine.
What is Prosecco?
Made primarily from the glera grape, prosecco is mostly created in the Veneto region of Italy. With a slightly fruitier and more floral taste and aroma than champagne, it is also lighter and more delicate than the famous French sparkling wine, making it far more palatable for some. Some wine manufacturers have attempted to replicate Italian prosecco varieties with grapes grown outside the region, with varying success. However, these wines should not bear the prosecco name.
The Different Types of Prosecco
The prosecco wine is split into three different varieties. Depending on where you are ordering your wine from, you may have a choice of tranquillo, frizzante or spumante. These three terms are given to the prosecco depending on its level of bubbliness. Generally, you won’t find tranquillo anywhere other than Italy, since it is rarely exported. This is a still wine that is made with all the traditional prosecco manufacturing methods, the only difference being that pressure has not been applied to create bubbles.
Spumante is at the opposite end of the scale, with an extremely impressive effervescence that gives you that bubbly-nose feeling. When created, it is made under pressure that is at least 3.5 bars.
The prosecco you’ll find on our Craft Carts is known as frizzante, and it is a semi-sparkling compromise between the two previous variations. We love the delicate fizz and appreciate that this variety is likely to please the majority of customers.
The prosecco categories don’t end there, however. You may have noticed, when you have purchased a bottle of prosecco, that it often comes with extra letters after the name. Keep an eye out for those bottles with DOC or DOCG on the label, since these are a further indicator of quality and genuine prosecco.
DOC is the most commonly found prosecco, adhering to slightly relaxed rules as to the prosecco manufacturing process. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which means Controlled Denomination of Origin.
For those that insist on only the finest prosecco, DOCG wines are made to the strictest standards and are most highly regarded. DOCG stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, which means Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin.
Grand Vini Rigoroso
Our Craft Carts serve you the very prestigious Grand Vini Rigoroso, a frizzante DOC prosecco. Since it is served from kegs, rather than bottles, it is unable to bare the DOCG name, but every other aspect of the drink is pure quality, making for a convenient, yet delicious addition to our tuk-tuks.