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 NV Argeo Prosecco di Treviso DOC
92 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe apple and pastry dough with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk honeycomb and banana finish. A light, clean and fruity Prosecco with juicy notes of apple.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Exceptional Value
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Alberto Nani NV Organic Prosecco DOC
92 points
$19.99
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Yellow straw color. Tropical, toasty aromas of exotic tropical fruit salad, almond caramel cake, and spiced apple with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, delightful, long banana custard, kiwi and melon, and wet limestone finish. A rich, exotically fruity Prosecco that will stand up to rich foods.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under'
92 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 Cartizze Brut Prosecco DOCG
91 points
$39.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of sliced apples in creme, dried pineapple, fresh herbs, and pressed flowers with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, clean and precise prosecco with a serious side.
91 points $39.99
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
Mionetto NV iL Prosecco DOC
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of peach and green apple, straw and wintergreen, melon rind, and hyacinth with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long quince, clementine, and nectarine finish. A very tasty and appetizing Prosecco for all occasions.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $11 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2018 Giustino B Prosecco DOCG
90 points
$31.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, whipped cream, sliced banana, lime relish, and melon with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk finish. A fragrant and fruity prosecco; a nice every day sparkler.
90 points $31.99
Mionetto NV iL Prosecco DOC
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of peach and green apple, straw and wintergreen, melon rind, and hyacinth with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long quince, clementine, and nectarine finish. A very tasty and appetizing Prosecco for all occasions.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $11 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Prosecco Superiore DOCG
90 points
$19.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of almond nougat, straw, and keffir with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, amusing, medium-long finish that presents notes of orange custard, nectarine, and honeycrisp apple. A clean and precise Prosecco pleaser with great flavor and length.
90 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