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What Is The Difference Between Cap Classique And Prosecco?

Cap Classique and Prosecco are both stunning sparkling wines available at affordable prices and easily accessible from your local supermarket. But what is the difference between these bubbly wines?

In a nutshell, here are the main differences between Cap Classique and Prosecco...

Cap Classique:

• From South Africa

• Made using Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier & Chardonnay

• Made using the traditional Champagne method, which involves a secondary fermentation in the bottle to create the bubbles and nutty, brioche notes

• High acidity and more bottle development which tends to have a more complex flavour profile than Prosecco

• Price: £15-£30 per bottle


• From Italy, North of Venice

• Made with Glera grapes

• Made using the Charmat method, which involves a secondary fermentation in large tanks.

• Lighter in style with fruity, and refreshing style, with flavours of green apple, pear, and white flowers.

• Price: £7-£15 per bottle

Other factors differentiate these two wines:

  1. Age: Cap Classique is often aged for a longer period than Prosecco. Cap Classique must be aged for a minimum of 12 months, but many producers choose to age it for longer periods to develop more complex flavours. Prosecco, on the other hand, is typically aged for a shorter period, as little as 1-2 months.

  2. Alcohol Content: Cap Classique tends to have a higher alcohol content than Prosecco. Cap Classique typically ranges around 12.5% ABV, while Prosecco is typically around 11% ABV.

  3. Sweetness: Cap Classique is often made in a range of styles, from bone-dry to sweet. Prosecco is typically made in a dry or off-dry style, with a touch of sweetness.

  4. Food Pairing: Cap Classique pairs well with a wide range of foods, including seafood, poultry, and creamy cheeses. Prosecco is particularly well-suited to lighter dishes, such as salads and light pasta dishes.

  5. Production Volume: Prosecco is produced in much larger quantities than Cap Classique. Prosecco is one of the most popular sparkling wines in the world, while Cap Classique is produced in smaller quantities and is primarily consumed in South Africa.

Which do you prefer, Cap Classique or Prosecco?

Let me know which one you pick up next time you're in the supermarket!


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