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
Kirkland Signature NV  Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG
92 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon drop candies, juicy pear, pineapple, gremolata, ripe melon, and white peach with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish evoking shades of white strawberry and limestone with no oak flavor. A crisp and joyful Prosecco with elegant notes of orchard fruit and fresh herbs.
92 points $6.99 Best Buy
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
Best Buy
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
Alberto Nani NV  Prosecco DOC
91 points
$18.99
Golden straw color. Fresh, floral aromas and flavors of mango with Tajín, salt water taffy, quince, and hint of rubber sap with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of citrus relish, spiced apple and pear, and dried flowers with no oak flavor. A bright and tropical Prosecco that hits all the right notes and is sure to please.
91 points $18.99
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
Belletti NV Prosecco Veneto DOC
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of straw, green apple, underripe banana, and sultana compote with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with suggestions of pear tart and orange chiffon with no oak flavor. A fun and spritzy dry Prosecco that goes down easy.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy