What is the best excuse to have a glass of bubbly? It’s August 13th, 2023 — It’s “International Prosecco Day!”

It’s always Prosecco o’clock somewhere (Credit: Anastasia/stock.adobe.com)

But what is it about this drink that cannot be missed at any celebration and has become synonymous with fruity sparkling wine?

Toasting at a party with Prosecco! (Credit: Kate Dacres-Mannings, Unsplash.com)

Toasting at a party with Prosecco! (Credit: Kate Dacres-Mannings, Unsplash.com)

  • It has its origins in Italy: The Veneto and Friuli regions are home to this sparkling wine.
  • Protected origin: The name Prosecco refers solely to wines made within three designated regions, produced with at least 85% Glera.
  • No variety: In 2010, the variety was renamed from “Prosecco” to “Glera.” This allowed the authorities to protect the region and the quality.
  • Eastern origins?: The term “Prosecco” finds its roots in neighboring Slovenia, where it translates to ‘path through the woods.’
  • Lower calories: Dry Prosecco generally tends to have fewer calories than full-bodied wine. This is due to the alcohol content of 11–11.5% abv. In comparison, a dry Prosecco can be calculated with 80–90 calories intake, whereas a glass of wine with the same amount accounts for 120–125 calories.
  • Unique production: Prosecco stands out from other sparkling wines in its production method. It utilizes the “tank method,” involving pressure-resistant fermentation tanks developed in the late 1800s, capable of generating up to 4 atmospheres of pressure. The short time on the lees enhances its fruity characteristics.
  • Mixology: The Bellini made its debut in 1948 at the renowned Harry’s Bar in Venice, thanks to an inventive bartender. The concoction involved passing ripe white peaches through a sieve, with the resulting puree crowned by effervescent, lively Prosecco. Absolutely delightful!

So what are you waiting for? Discover your perfect Prosecco from the diverse selection through VinoVoss.

Lotte Gabrovits

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