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
Perfectly balanced bubbly; great for sipping or pairing.
Awards: 2021 Best Prosecco
94 points $31.99
La Gioiosa 2021  Prosecco di Treviso DOC
93 points
$14
Best Buy
A rich, yet refreshing, very pleasurable Prosecco bursting with ample fruit that glides down the palate with silky texture, fine carbonation, and pinpoint balance.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Luna Nuda 2021  Prosecco di Treviso DOC
93 points
$13
Best Buy
A crisp and floral sparkler and fruity crowd pleaser, but with sufficient acid and structure for cocktails and dry wine fans.
Awards: 2022 Best Prosecco
93 points $13 Best Buy
Polvaro Tenuta NV Estate Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
92 points
$16
Best Buy
A textbook example of Prosecco; light and refreshing with hints of white flowers and citrus.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Gold V.S. Glera
92 points
$29
A refreshing and fruit forward sparkler for Sunday brunch and a perfect pairing with a fruit salad.
Ruggeri 2020 Giustino B. Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
92 points
$33.99
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
A deliciously fruity Prosecco with a silky mouse of fresh bubbles.
92 points $12 Best Buy
The Collection NV  Prosecco DOC
91 points
$10
Best Buy
A light, crisp and refreshing sparkling wine that can be enjoyed for any occasion.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Chloe NV  Glera
91 points
$17
Best Buy
A refreshing, drier style of Prosecco for the lover of everyday bubbles.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Chloe NV  Prosecco Doc
91 points
$17
Best Buy
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