4 RULES FOR A GREAT PROSECCO
Prosecco is becoming one of the most sold and known sparling wine. Last year more than 115 millions of bottles were produced. Seen these numbers it's natural that some producers focus more on the volume production versus the quality production.
How to distinguish a good Prosecco from an average one ?
Of course the best way is to taste it, but there are 4 rules that can help you to identify the quality Prosecco makers from the very beginning:
RULE 1 : IS PROSECCO HAVING THE LABEL CONEGLIANO VALDOBBIADENE D.O.C.G. ?
PROSECCO wine can be made in a very large area in the North-East of Italy covering both Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions. Within this area there is a much smaller territory where historically the PROSECCO wine finds its roots and where it provide its best quality. This area is around the hills of two villages: VALDOBBIADENE and CONEGLIANO. All the producers in this area that wanted to increase their quality by following a very strict production protocol, standardized and controlled by the Italian autorithies, can label their PROSECCO as CONEGLIANO VALDOBBIADENE D.O.C.G. Other Prosecco, for instance labeled as PROSECCO D.O.C., either are not from that area either are made not following the strict D.O.C.G. protocol.
RULE 2 : IS THE WINE MAKER FROM VALDOBBIADENE ?
If you really want to go for the absolute best quality you need to select a wine maker from VALDOBBIADENE ,and the best thing you can do is ensuring that the wine maker uses grapes coming from or near the CARTIZZE hills. Not so easy but you can first check if in the bottle front lable it's written VALDOBBIADENE and then, in the back label, if the wine maker is really from VALDOBBIADENE. Many PROSECCO makers buy grapes in Valdobbiadene to be able to write that ther wine is from VALDOBBIADENE, but only the ones really based in VALDOBBIADENE own personally the good hills where the most excellent grapes are grown. You cannot buy them if you are from outside VALDOBBIADENE.
Still you are not sure if the wine maker from VALDOBBIADENE is really getting access to the best grapes. The next rule can help you on this.
RULE 3 : IS THE WINE MAKER PRODUCING CARTIZZE ?
Check if the wine maker is also making CARTIZZE. If yes it means that it can get access to grapes produced in the absolute best part of the VALDOBBIADENE hills.
SANTA EUROSIA is located in the middle of the Cartizze hills and it uses only grapes coming from that small area.
RULE 4: IS THE PROSECCO MADE ONLY FROM PROSECCO (GLERA) GRAPES ?
Most low cost PROSECCO wines are not made by using only PROSECCO (Glera) grapes, they are made by using a percentage of other grapes (Chardonnay, Verdisio etc) to compensate for the non perfect quality of the PROSECCO (Glera) grapes they have.
It's not always so easy to know what a wine maker is using but ask these questions in the shop where you buy your Prosecco. If you don't get the right answers, don't take the risk!