Choosing your Prosecco

Prosecco Sweetness
  • Prosecco is made in different sweetnesses to suit our own tastes and gives Prosecco the ability to pair with a wide range of different food types.
  • The main Prosecco sweetness are as below, with figures given in grams per litre of residual sugar:​​

    • EXTRA BRUT  - 0-6 g/l - very dry 

    • BRUT - 0-12 g/l  - dry

    • EXTRA DRY  - 12-17 g/l - medium dry

    • DRY - 17-32 g/l - medium sweet​​

  • 'Extra Dry' is confusingly sweeter than Brut, as is 'Dry' which is a medium sweet style.

Frizzante or Spumante?

  • Prosecco is available in different levels of fizz.

  • Spumante is the Italian word for fully sparkling and not 'cheap wine' as some of us may remember from years gone by.  It has about 4.5-5 bars of pressure.

  • Frizzante means lightly sparkling and has about 2.5 bars of pressure.

 

  • Frizzante is generally cheaper than spumante.  The import duty in the UK is cheaper for Frizzante than Spumante, as it is classed as a still wine.

  • There is a third style of Prosecco; Tranquillo.  This is a still Prosecco with no bubbles.

What does Millesimato mean?

  • Sometimes the word 'Millesimato' is found on Prosecco bottle labels.

  • Millesimato refers to grapes used which are from a single harvest to produce the Prosecco.  Wineries also tend to use grapes from their best vineyard(s) to make Millesimato Prosecco.  

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Can you buy Rosé Prosecco?

  • Rosé Prosecco does not exist.  

 

  • To be called 'Prosecco' the wine must be made from a white grape. Of course, to produce a rosé wine, a red grape must be used to give the pink colour.  

  • The Consortiums that govern Prosecco production in Italy, do not currently allow the use of a red grape.

 

  • You may see 'Rosé Prosecco' advertised, though it is illegal to say so on the bottle label.  

  • A wine may be a blend made from the main Prosecco grape used; Glera, together with a red grape.  However, this blend cannot be labelled as Prosecco.

 

  • Our Furlan winery produces a wonderful  blended pink sparkling wine, using the Glera grape, Manzoni Bianco (a beautiful white grape from the Prosecco region) and Cabernet Sauvignon (a red grape to give it the lovely pink colour).  If you would like to find out more about this beautiful wine, click here.