About Prosecco

About Prosecco
Prosecco is one of Italy's most beloved sparkling wines. Made primarily from the Glera grape (formerly known as Prosecco), it is generally made in two styles, frizzante (lightly sparkling) or as a traditional sparkling wine.

Most versions of Prosecco are made according to the Charmat (or Martinotti) method; unlike the classic method of Champagne, where the secondary fermentation takes place in a bottle, fermentation for Prosecco occurs in a steel tank. This is done as Prosecco is a lighter-styled sparkling wine and winemakers want to preserve as much freshness as possible. (Recently, a few producers have produced Prosecco via the classic method, but this is the exception.)

The most famous examples of Prosecco are from the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene area of the Veneto region, but the wine is also produced in other parts of Veneto and even in the neighboring region of Friuli. As the name has not been protected, Prosecco is also used as the name for inexpensive sparking wines made in such countries as Brazil, Argentina, Romania and Australia.

As Prosecco is generally priced in the low to mid-teens and has a reputation as a fun, easy-drinking sparkler, it has enjoyed tremendous sales success in the US and many countries. Consume these upon release; while a few examples can age, there is no reason not to enjoy Prosecco as fresh as possible. Drink on its own or with lighter meals (seafood, white meats, risotto) or with fresh fruit.

Top Picks for Prosecco

Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
95 points
$32.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Fresh aromas of finger lime, exotic flowers, candied pear, and bamboo with a fruity fat body and a layered, long turkish delight, wet stone, orange sherbet, and lily finish. A stylish Prosecco with intriguing minerality, memorable length, and kisses of sweetness.
95 points $32.99
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of sliced apples, underripe nectarine, gravel, raw pistachio, and custard with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a silky, captivating, carefree finish revealing notes of freshly peeled orange. This is a showstopper example of the heights that DOCG Prosecco can reach, showing off a serious and dry palate to complement its natural fruity qualities, and a finish that goes on for days.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
92 points
$32.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple strudel and banana cupcake with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, long finish with notes of tropical citrus melange, almond brittle, and minerals with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious and stylish Prosecco with a come hither quality.
92 points $32.99
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Prosecco Superiore DOCG
91 points
$19.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of frosted banana cake, spiced apple and melon, and biscotti with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish revealing accents of reduced lemon, kiwi, and pepper skin with no oak flavor. A stylish and elegant Prosecco that will be quite versatile.
91 points $19.99
Cielo NV  Prosecco DOC
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of papaya, Greek yogurt, pear tree, and grape vines with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish that shows accents of bread pudding, spicy apple relish, and pickled melon rind with no oak flavor. A delicious and satisfying Prosecco with a great sense of place.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Lunetta NV  Prosecco DOC
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Attractive aromas of yellow apple, turkish delight, key lime, lemon bar, and freesia with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long pastry cream, apricot, fresh cut grass, mango skin, and peach tea finish with no oak flavor. An wide-appealing prosecco that offers plenty of nuance and sophistication.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
90 points
$32.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of pressed flowers and almond tea cakes with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length spritz of lemon, key lime, sweet herbs, and tangerine finish with no oak flavor. A fizzy white with attractive notes of citrus fruits and herbs; simple and elegant.
90 points $32.99
Cavaliere d’Oro NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Confected aromas of lemon candies, apricot, circus peanut, and pistachio gelato with a glycerous, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length poached pear and banana custard finish with no oak flavor. A rich and fruity, off-dry Prosecco best for an after-dinner cheese course.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato Fields 2018 Brut Spumante Prosecco
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of golden apple, pressed flowers, white peach, and mint with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a sleek, medium-length Meyer lemon, sage, and plantain finish. A dry and palate-opening Prosecco that will make a great aperitivo.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature NV  Asolo-Prosecco Superiore DOCG
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon spritzed apples, ripe melons, fondant, orange blossom, and chamomile tea with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, refreshing, medium-long marcona almond and ginger finish with no oak flavor. A balanced, delicate Prosecco with whispers of sweet fruit and fine herbal tea.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy