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What is Prosecco? Nick’s Complete Guide to Italy’s #1 Sparkling Wine

Originating from the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions of northeastern Italy, Prosecco's lineage is as rich as its taste. Made primarily from Glera grapes, formerly known also as "Prosecco" grapes, this sparkling wine has been produced under various names since Roman times. Find out more about this varietal at Pascale's Wine & Liquors in Fayetteville, NY.

Intriguingly, the term "Prosecco" itself is derived from the village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape may have originated. Unlike Champagne, which undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle, Prosecco's sparkle is achieved through the Charmat-Martinotti method, where fermentation occurs in large steel tanks, preserving its fresh and fruity profile.

The classification of Prosecco has evolved significantly, especially after 2009, when the Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene was elevated to DOCG status, recognizing its superior quality and the specific geographic area of its origin.

This area, with its steep hills and ancient terraced vineyards, is recognized not only for its unique microclimate but also for its centuries-old viticulture traditions, which contribute to the distinctiveness of Prosecco Superiore. The designation of Cartizze, a sub-zone covering a mere 107 hectares of vineyards in the Valdobbiadene area, represents of best of Prosecco vineyards, producing wines of unparalleled finesse and complexity. 

Decoding the Labels: What Does Prosecco D.O.C Mean?

Prosecco D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) is a certification of quality and authenticity for Prosecco wines, which adhere to strict regulations concerning grape variety, region of origin, and winemaking processes. Established to safeguard the heritage and maintain the high standards of this beloved sparkling wine, the D.O.C. designation ensures that only wines produced within specified areas in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions of Italy can be labeled as Prosecco.

The D.O.C. regulation stipulates the geographical boundaries and the methods of cultivation and vinification, including the maximum yield of grapes per hectare and the minimum alcohol content, ensuring consistency and quality across all bottles bearing the Prosecco D.O.C. label.

Diving deeper into the essence of Prosecco D.O.C., it's important to note that this classification encompasses a range of styles, from the light and spritely frizzante (lightly sparkling) to the more vigorously effervescent spumante, and the tranquillo, which is still. Among the innovations in Prosecco D.O.C. regulations is the allowance of up to 15% of other grape varieties in the blend, including Verdiso, Bianchetta Trevigiana, Perera, and international grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, or Pinot Grigio, provided they are cultivated within the designated zones. 

What Grape is Prosecco Made From? Discovering the Glera Grape

Glera has been cultivated in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions for hundreds of years and is the cornerstone of Prosecco's unique and refreshing character. This grape variety is highly prized for its ability to retain its acidity and freshness, even in warmer climates, making it ideal for the production of sparkling wines.

Under DOC and DOCG regulations, a minimum of 85% Glera is required in the production of Prosecco, ensuring the wine's authenticity and connection to its geographical roots. Glera grapes are typically harvested from late September to October, a timing that helps achieve the balance between acidity and sugar levels essential for sparkling wine production.

Spotlight on Natale Verga Prosecco

Natale Verga Prosecco is a sparkling wine with a pale-yellow color and a steady stream of fine bubbles, indicative of its quality and effervescence. It carries aromas of apple, pear, and citrus, underlined by floral notes, providing a fresh and inviting nose. On the palate, this Prosecco delivers flavors of ripe orchard fruits with a hint of mineral undertones, balanced by pleasant acidity. This combination of tastes and aromas makes it an appealing choice for a variety of food pairings and occasions.

The wine's light body and refreshing acidity allow it to pair well with appetizers, such as prosciutto and melon or cheese platters, and seafood, including grilled shrimp and seafood risotto. Its affordability and approachable style make Natale Verga Prosecco suitable for both celebrations and casual dining. This Prosecco is reflective of the Veneto region's winemaking tradition, offering a crisp and refreshing drinking experience. 

Alcohol/Vol: 11%
Made In: Prosecco, Italy
Sugar Content: 13 g/L
Varietal: Prosecco

Flavor Profile & Pairing Recommendations

Nose: Apple, pear, citrus
Palate: Orchard fruits, mineral undertones
Finish: Creamy fizz with a lingering lemon flavor 
Best Paired With: Cold cuts and hard cheeses, grilled seafood, and creamy risotto.

Prosecco for Mimosa: Two Recipes to Try

Natale Verga Prosecco's crisp and refreshing taste, combined with its delicate and lively bubbles, makes it an excellent base for crafting the perfect Mimosa. Since the wine is light and easy to drink, it seamlessly blends with various fruit juices, enhancing the beverage's overall flavor profile without overpowering it.


Strawberry & Peach Mimosa

1 bottle of Natale Verga Prosecco, chilled
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup fresh peaches, sliced
1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
Mint leaves for garnish (optional)

In a blender, combine the strawberries, peaches, and orange juice. Strain. Pour the fruit juice into Champagne flutes until each glass is half full. Top up the glasses with Natale Verga Prosecco, stir gently. Garnish with a sprig of mint or a thin slice of peach before serving.


Tropical Mango & Pineapple Mimosa

1 bottle of Natale Verga Prosecco, chilled
1 cup mango, peeled and cubed
1 cup pineapple, cubed
1/2 cup coconut water
Pineapple slices or edible flowers for garnish (optional)

In a blender, puree the mango and pineapple cubes with coconut water until smooth. Fill Champagne flutes halfway with the tropical fruit mixture. Slowly top the glasses with Natale Verga Prosecco. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or an edible flower for an exotic touch.

Try Natale Verga at Pascale’s Wine and Liquor!

Whether enjoyed in a classic flute or mixed into a vibrant Mimosa using seasonal fruits, Natale Verga Prosecco's versatility and joyful spirit continue to celebrate the simple pleasures and the art of Italian winemaking. Discover more at Pascale’s Wine & Liquors, conveniently located at 105 Towne Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066. Browse our diverse selection online at www.pascaleswineandliquors.com or call us at (315) 355-6222 for personalized recommendations.