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 2020 Giustino B Prosecco DOCG
94 points
$31.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple gummies, lemon swathe, and mandarin with a lean, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that presents touches of ripe pear and cantaloupe with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Perfectly balanced bubbly; great for sipping or pairing.
Awards: 2021 Best Prosecco
94 points $31.99
Ruggeri 2018 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
93 points
$31.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of dried pear, hints of dried peach, purple flowers, and lime curd with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length green apple, almonds, and shortcake finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, palate-pleasing Prosecco that’s a joy to sip and celebrate with.
93 points $31.99
Ruggeri 2020 Giustino B. Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
92 points
$33.99
Straw color. Aromas of white melon, kumquat, lilies, and pear peel with a full body and a long tart yellow apple, bosc pear, and lemon finish. Light and elegant sparkler for the patio on its own or for seafood and salads.
92 points $33.99
Cielo 2020 Rosé Prosecco DOC
92 points
$12
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of ripe strawberries, fresh thyme, and hints of toast with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length raspberry coulis finish with no oak flavor. A deliciously fruity Prosecco with a silky mousse of fresh bubbles.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Chloe NV  Prosecco Doc
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Light straw color. Aromas of pear blossom, blanched pear, apple blossom, and citra hops with a crisp, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk pear candy, Meyer lemon zest, wet stone, Asian pear, and fresh papaya finish with no oak flavor. A Prosecco that brings an orchard in bloom to your back porch; serve well chilled as a quaffer on a hot day.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV GiallOro Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
91 points
$19.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of green almond, white peach, pressed lilac, and lemon peel with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of ripe melons and fresh green apple with no oak flavor. A vibrant, easy-to-love Prosecco with complex aromatics of stone fruit, blossoms and citrus.
91 points $19.99
Cinzano NV Cuvée Storica Glera
90 points
$10
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of mango-papaya relish, coconut milk, cashew brittle, and green herbs with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish conveying nuances of alpine herbal lozenge, floral honey, and aloe and rubber sap with no oak flavor. A vibrant and layered Prosecco with a charming personality suited for all occasions.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2020 Rosé Prosecco DOC
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale salmon color. Aromas and flavors of bubble gum, ripe honeydew, and cherry with a supple, lively, bubbly, dry light body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long finish that presents notes of star fruit, ripe nectarine, and yellow strawberry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A lively Prosecco that dazzles with ripe melon and hints of tropical fruit; finishes long and fresh.
Awards: 2021 World Value Wine Challenge - Best Value Prosecco Exceptional Value
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Chloe 2019 Rose Prosecco Doc
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Light pink coral color. Aromas of pear blossom, white melon, red cherry, and blackberry with a supple, lively, bubbly, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length blood orange peel, red pear, key limes, tarragon, and ripe black cherry finish with no oak flavor. A dry, picnic-ready Prosecco.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Bella Bolle NV  Prosecco DOC
90 points
$8
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of lemons in cream, lime candies, fresh golden apple, and jasmine with a round, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length hints of almond, melon and delicate herbs finish with no oak flavor. A bright and fruity Prosecco that opens the palate.
90 points $8 Best Buy