My top tips for picking outstanding quality and value for money are Prosecco in the supermarket.
The supermarket shelves can be overwhelming when it comes to buying Prosecco, with so many options - so how do you choose a good Prosecco?
There are two foolproof tips to use when choosing which Prosecco to buy that will help you select top-quality Prosecco at the best value.
Top tips for buying Prosecco:
Find the wine region Conegliano Valdobbiadene stated on the label
Locate 'DOCG' on the gold label and neck of the bottle
'DOCG' stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. It's an Italian wine classification that indicates a wine has been produced in a specific region using specific production methods and grapes. 'DOCG' classification also guarantees that the wine has undergone rigorous quality control and tasting. For a wine to be classified as DOCG, a wine must meet strict rules of its production, including the types of grapes used, the vineyard practices, the winemaking methods, and the ageing requirements.
Conegliano Valdobbiadene is a hilly area located in the Veneto region of northern Italy, known for producing high-quality Prosecco. Wines produced in this area are of the highest quality and the area is steeped in winemaking traditions dating back to Roman times. The Conegliano Valdobbiadene region is located about 50km north of Venice and covers an area of only approximately 20,000 hectares. The vineyards are located on the steep hillsides that rise from the valley floor, and the combination of altitude and microclimate of the region makes it ideal for growing Glera grapes, the primary grape used in the production of Prosecco. Prosecco from this area is known for its delicate and elegant aromas of white flowers, green apple, and citrus, as well as it has crisp acidity and refreshing character. Today, the area is home to many small, family-owned wineries that produce some of the finest Proseccos in the world, making Conegliano Valdobbiadene a fascinating must-visit destination for wine lovers and tourists alike.