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Prosecco - What Do We Need to Know?

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova

In the same way that we associate sangria with warm and sunny Spain, we can do the same with its neighbor Italy and its traditional sparkling wine, known to us as Prosecco.

Yes, you must have heard that name, especially since Proseco reached record sales in 2018. But it's one thing to have heard and quite another to have tried this drink.

And even if you are not a fan of any alcohol, at least from curiosity you should be familiar with some of the highest quality alcoholic beverages, especially if they have become emblematic of a country. In this case, Italy and its Prosecco.

What do we need to know about Prosecco?

1. Prosecco is a type of white sparkling wine. The grapes for its production are grown on about 30, 000 hectares, in northern Italy.

2. Generally speaking, there are two types of Prosecco - spumante and frizzante, which determines how sparkling it is.

Sparkling wine Prosecco

3. The French may be offended, but today Prosecco is considered a better drink than champagne. In most cases, it has a sharper and sweeter taste than it.

4. Until the beginning of the 16th century, Prosecco was known as Ribola, by which other types of wine were also called. Over time, it became clear that this type of wine, which is produced from a specific type of grape, should be distinguished from the more general name Ribola. It was originally named Prosecho, but in 1754 it was first given the name Proseco.

5. Until the 1960s, Prosecco had a rather sweet taste, but thanks to some innovations in the art of wine, today Prosecco has become what it is - one of the highest quality sparkling white wines in the world.

6. One of the most emblematic Italian regions, where vineyards for Prosecco are grown, known as Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene, was declared a national treasure in 2019 by UNESCO.

7. The alcohol content of Prosecco may vary depending on the type, but usually its degree is about 11%.

8. In Italy, the homeland of Prosecco, this drink is usually consumed on its own, but there are also some typical local cocktails that also contain Prosecco.

In conclusion, we will add that even if you are a sworn enemy of alcohol, you will not regret it at all if you try at least one sip of Prosecco. Even "just like that" to dive into the world of probably the best Italian wine!