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Welcome to our big Prosecco test 2021. Here we present all the Proseccos we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of the customer reviews.

With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best Prosecco for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy Prosecco.




Summary

  • Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine, which is subject to certain criteria during production, as well as the selection of the grape variety: both are very precisely defined. These criteria are there to ensure that Prosecco does not lose its quality and that no cheap copies damage its reputation.
  • The differences to sparkling wine, champagne or cava, apart from the taste and also the price, are the above-mentioned conditions of production, all of which have their own conditions, often these are strongly linked to regions in the production and harvest.
  • You can make many other drinks with Prosecco, such as Hugo, Aperol Spritz, cocktails or also cake in the most diverse variations. You can also combine Prosecco wonderfully with raspberries, strawberries and many other sweet fruits.

The Best Prosecco: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying Prosecco

What is Prosecco?

Prosecco is a sparkling wine which, according to a law that has been in force since 1 January 2010, may only be produced in certain regions of Italy.

Prosecco is excellent for festive occasions, a nice drink to toast something. (Picture source: 123rf.com / 89134565)

The vineyards are mainly located in the north-east of Italy, and just like the cultivation, the harvesting of the Glera, the grape variety for Prosecco, can only be practised there.

This also applies to the production and bottling.

The law also determines the bottling method, since then only bottles may be used. Cans are no longer allowed. So there are no original Prosecco cans.

Prosecco has a 10% - 15% alcohol content, but because of the high sugar content, it takes effect very quickly and should therefore be drunk slowly.

Since Prosecco has very low percentages and does not contain any spirits, it is legal to drink Prosecco in Germany from the age of 16. Nevertheless, Prosecco is not suitable for children.

What dishes go well with Prosecco?

A dry Prosecco, such as Col Credos by Adam, is a good choice for dishes such as herb gnocchi or tuna.

A sweet Prosecco, such as Cartizze by Bortolomiol, is recommended for dishes that contain a creamy part, which makes the food choice very complex.

Prosecco Taste Dish
Prosecco Father Brut Neutral aroma, but strong and pleasant taste Harmonises with warm, baked dishes from the oven. Like: asparagus quiche, baked goat cheese wrapped in bread.
Valdellövo 100% content of Gerla berry. Very tingly and refreshing. Very aromatic and fruity. Surprisingly goes well here: Weisswurst with pretzels and sweet mustard.
Accordingly, excellent for a somewhat different Bavarian evening.
Cartizze by Bortolomiol Soft texture, slight sweetness contained. Fruity note with hazelnuts and light scent of acacia flowers. Needs a creamy part in the dish. A shortbread tart with vanilla cream would be suitable for this.
Col Credos by Adam toffy, powerful taste. Delicate, fruity, aroma with a floral note. Dry, sour taste. Herb gnocchi with tomatoes. Tuna with pistachio crust also goes very well.

How to drink Prosecco?

Prosecco should always be served fresh and cool. Ideally at a temperature of 6 - 7 degrees. A little tip, for white wines between 9 - 12degrees and red wines 16 - 18degrees.

The best glasses here are white wine glasses, as these support and emphasise the aroma best.

The glasses should therefore be served in a tall, slender glass, with a stem. Therefore, do not use glasses without a stem if you want to experience the maximum pleasure.

Even if Prosecco is served chilled, ice does not go well with Prosecco. Since Prosecco tends to be dry and rarely semi-dry, it can quickly taste thin, unpleasant and acidic.

What is the shelf life of Prosecco?

Prosecco, like sparkling wine, should not be stored for too long. At most 1-3 years, but both have already lost a large part of their carbonic acid before then.

Which is one reason for enjoying them. Therefore, the recommendation is to drink your Prosecco not too long after you have taken it fresh out of the fridge.

What do DOC and DOCG mean?

DOC means Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which means "controlled designation of origin" for wine from Italy.

Other such designations with the same meaning exist for France (AOC), Germany (Q.b.A.) or Austria (DAC). All these abbreviations stand for a certain quality characteristic.

For example, special care in the selection of the grapes, the production, the bottling or that the grapes must be from a certain area.

In Italy, however, there are other levels of ranking for quality. Above the DOC, stands DOCG, which is the abbreviation for Denominazione di Origins Controllata e Garantita. Translated, Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin

So if you want a very good Prosecco, buy a Prosecco with the DOCG suffix.

But keep in mind that these are more expensive than DOC Prosecco, or sparkling wines without any other awards. DOCG are the highest quality Proseccos.

How much does Prosecco cost?

There are very cheap Proseccos at just over €3 per litre, but prices go way up.

Most cost around 10-15€ per litre, but it is also quite easy to find a Prosecco for over 30€ up to over 50€ per litre.

The white Gerla grows in the north-east of Italy and the region also determines the price. For example, while Valdobbiadene produces DOCG Proseccos, areas like Trevisio mostly produce DOC Proseccos. (Image source: unsplash.com / Nacho Dominguez Argenta)

What is Prosecco Cartizze?

Prosecco Cartizze is something special among Proseccos.

It can only be grown in the municipality of Valdobbiadene and has to face steeply south, which increases the quality and makes the production even more specialised.

For this type of wine, another name was introduced: Rive, which stands for a further local restriction, which has even stricter production conditions.

How can you make your own Aperol Spritz or Hugo?

You don't need many ingredients to make an Aperol Spritz. All you need is Aperol, Prosecco, mineral water, a slice of orange and a few ice cubes.

The ratio of Aperol and Prosecco is 1:2, i.e. 3cl Aperol means 6cl Prosecco, 1 orange slice, 1 small shot of mineral water and a few ice cubes, depending on how you like it and especially how hot it is outside.

Put the orange slice in a large wine glass with a few ice cubes. Then add 3cl of Aperol and 6cl of Prosecco, followed by a small shot of water and you have made your own Aperol Spritz.

Hugo, another very popular drink, can of course also be bought in the supermarket around the corner. But it is usually nicer to make such little things yourself.

All you need is a glass of Prosecco, half a lime, 2 stalks of fresh mint, elderflower syrup if you like it sweet and a few ice cubes, which are also optional.

  1. First cut the lime half into 4 pieces and then squeeze them into the glass of Prosecco. Then place these lightly squeezed pieces in the glass.
  2. Then just add the rest of the ingredients and find your own mix. If you like it sweet, add 2-3 shots of elderflower syrup.
  3. If you like the taste of mint, add a little more mint and squeeze it lightly in your glass to diffuse the mint flavour.

Of course, you can also make other drinks, such as Prosecco punch. Another popular variation are cocktails with Prosecco, or even cakes, you can also make Prosecco tea.

What alternatives are there to Prosecco?

Since Prosecco is a sparkling wine, just like Champagne, Sekt and Cava, there are plenty of alternatives.

Champagne

Champagne is probably one of the most popular sparkling wines in the world, it is considered one of the most festive drinks and is often drunk on ceremonial occasions.

Like Prosecco, Champagne is a local drink whose grapes may only be grown in the Champagne wine-growing region in France.

Secco

Secco is also an alternative to Prosecco. Even though the names are similar, the two actually have very little to do with each other.

Prosecco comes from the Slavic "proseku" and means something like "cleared area".

Secco, on the other hand, is from the Italian word for dry, semi-secco meaning semi-dry.

Secco is actually a German sparkling wine, of mostly inferior quality to the other examples mentioned, but it is very cheap and available in many flavours.

For example, a sparkling wine must not be fixed by a wire, this would make it look too similar to the higher quality sparkling wines.

That is why the cork is usually held in place by a capsule or string.

Cava

Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine, also has its own rules.

It, too, is local, and only genuine Cava has a branded star in the cork.

There are also other restrictions, such as plant density per hectare, alcohol content, acidity and much more.

Sparkling wine

Sekt, on the other hand, is a generic term for quality sparkling wine in Austria and Germany, which always contains alcohol and carbon dioxide.

Decision: What types of Prosecco are there and which is right for you?

There are three notable differences in Prosecco.

  • Prosecco Frizzante
  • Prosecco Spumante
  • Prosecco Tranquillo

The different types each have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer, a different type is suitable for you. In the following section, we would like to make it easier for you to decide.

What distinguishes Prosecco Frizzante and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Prosecco Frizzante is the cheaper variant, and its production is not subject to as many rules as Spumante, which makes it easier.

Advantages
  • Cheaper than Spumante
  • Less complex production necessary
Disadvantages
  • Quickly loses its carbonic acid
  • Quicker loss of flavour

However, this also means that it loses quality; spumante is generally more popular among connoisseurs because of the taste and also because the carbonic acid in frizzante dissipates more quickly.

Frizzante is available everywhere, just like Prosecco spumante. Prosecco frizzante is the sparkling wine with the lower rank here, namely DOC, while spumante is quite often rated DOCG.

What distinguishes Prosecco Spumante and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Spumante is the more expensive option, due to the more complex production, which makes it more expensive. But this also means that the carbonic acid remains longer.

Advantages
  • Carbonic acid does not escape quickly
  • Qualitatively stronger than frizzante
Disadvantages
  • More expensive
  • Complex production

Because it is not simply added afterwards, as is the case with frizzante. Instead, it is created in the bottle or in the tank. Furthermore, it is of a higher quality due to the production process.

What distinguishes Prosecco Tranquillo and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Proscenio tranquillo is hard to find outside Italy, and even there it is not that easy to find.

But it is the only sweet Prosecco and since it is also quite cheap to produce, it is not particularly expensive.

Not usual for a Prosecco, the tranquillo does not contain any carbonic acid, which makes it similar to a wine.

Advantages
  • Only sweet Prosecco
  • Not particularly expensive in Italy
Disadvantages
  • Only available in Italy
  • Contains no carbonic acid
  • Not particularly popular with connoisseurs

Moreover, it is not appreciated by connoisseurs because of its inferior quality.

Prosecco tranquillo is produced very little, which is why it is quite difficult to get it outside Italy.

The special feature is that Prosecco tranquillo, which is also called Prosecco spento, does not contain any carbonic acid.

Buying criteria: You can use these criteria to compare and evaluate Prosecco

The most important thing when buying a drink is, of course, the taste, which is why we will explain the most important differences here without making any judgements.

Furthermore, we will list a few popular names that are known for their excellent and high-quality Prosecco.

  • Brut, Extra Dry, Dry
  • Brand
  • Growing region
  • Colour

In the following paragraphs, we will explain to you what is important in the individual criteria in order to make your purchase decision easier.

Brut, Extra Dry, Dry

Brut, Extra Dry, Dry and Demi-Sec are indications of how high the residual sugar content is in sparkling wines.

Brut is available as Spumante and stands for a sugar content of 0 - 12 grams per litre. This makes the Prosecco Brut variety the one with the lowest sugar content.

Extra Dry has a residual sugar content of between 12 and 17 grams per litre of Prosecco, making it the second-lowest.

Dry does not mean dry or anything like that. It also stands for the remaining sugar content, which is the highest here at 17 - 32 grams per litre.

Brand

Well-known Prosecco brands are Martini, Sansibar, Mionetto, Ferrari Lunelli, Zonen, Svaci & Ray and many more.

These brands have performed well to very well in the test, which is linked below. Furthermore, all these Prosecco brands are very successful and have been for a long time.

Growing region

Of course, Prosecco has to come from the Veneto region in the north-east of Italy, but there are differences in quality between the different regions.

Sparkling wine Champagne Sparkling wine Cava Secco
Growing region France, Champagne Germany Spain, Penedes in Catalonia Germany
Grape variety Chardonnay, Schwarzriesling, Pinot Noir, are often used. Arbane, Pinot Meslier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are used rather less frequently. The only restriction is that the grape variety must come from the same growing region White grape varieties, Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parellada, Garnatxa, Monastrell and Trepat. As well as red grape variety Pinot Noir. Does not give a template, so theoretically any grape variety can be used and mixed.
Alcohol content Around 12% At least 10% 10.8 to 12.8% At least 7%
Special Must be harvested by hand Quality vintner's sparkling wines have elaborate production, more expensive and tastier Has branded star in cork Name is more marketing attempt to copy success of Prosecco

In the regions e.g. Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, DOC Prosecco is mostly produced, meaning Prosecco frizzante and Prosecco spumante.

However, the region between the vineyards of Valdobbiadene and Santo Stefano has the highest quality standards; Catizze is produced there in comparatively small quantities.

Prosecco Cartizze has a higher quality than the other Proseccos.

These have the highest quality mark DOCG and also the most rules in the production.

Colour

There are also a few differences in colour, even if they are not too great.

While Prosecco tranquillo is straw-yellow, Prosecco frizzante has a more or less straw-yellow bright colouring, and the spumante looks the same.

Therefore, the colouration is not a big factor here, there are only differences to the tranquillo.

Facts worth knowing about Prosecco

How should you store Prosecco?

It is best to store Prosecco standing up in a cool, dark place.

Storing Prosecco is slightly different from storing normal wine, and the quality of Prosecco does not improve with age.

Instead, it can happen that Prosecco goes bad after one to three years.

Storing Prosecco upright makes it harder for the carbonic acid to escape and the flavour remains longer.

A screw cap is also best, as it keeps the carbon dioxide in for the longest time; the plastic cork is the least suitable.

Prosecco Pong! For every party

Prosecco Pong. Everyone who knows beer pong knows what we're getting at here. You take a table, the official dimensions are 244 x 61 x 76 cm for a beer pong table, but you shouldn't take these too precisely.

It is a drinking game. A table that is not too short and on which a pyramid fits, where the foundation consists of three 0.5L cups, is perfectly adequate.

Fill each cup with a little Prosecco, preferably a little too little, then it is possible for everyone to play several rounds.

Now you can start a 1vs1, or 2vs2, the combination is entirely up to you. Then you need at least one table tennis ball, two would be better.

Now the game can begin. First, one side throws and when a ball is thrown into a cup with Prosecco, the opposing side has to drink it, the empty cup is put aside.

The game continues until one of the two sides has no more cups available.

As punishment, the losing side has to drink up the remaining cups of the winners. Very simple and a lot of fun.

How do I make Prosecco myself?

Ingredients:

  • Damigiana with 54L capacity (You can get it at a Cantina)
  • A corking machine
  • Cork

Preparation:

  1. Order the must in autumn and pick it up at the end of March.
  2. First bring it into the garage to process it there.
  3. Pour raw Prosecco into the Damigiana, also possible at a Cantina.
  4. Get enough bottles and corks, then you have to wait 3 months for the must to ferment. It should be stored in a cool and dark place.

Accordingly, all you need is patience and raw prosecco nearby.

Of course, you can mix Prosecco however you like. Another popular alternative is to add raspberries to the glass, which releases their aroma and gives the Prosecco another fruity note. (Image source: unsplash.com / Melissa Walker Horn)

Which Prosecco for the Geissens?

For fans of conscience, the cult figures from RTL television have come up with a little something extra and developed their own Geissecco.

Even though this is not a real Prosecco, but rather a Secco, it is still a fun gimmick with which to please a real Geissen fan.

The ratings are very polarising, just like the Geisses. There are actually only very good and very bad reviews.

Even though you won't find a high-quality sparkling wine here, of course, it's no worse than the cheap versions from supermarkets and always good for a laugh. Which is more than enough for some customers.

However, when buying this product, be aware that it is not always available. So you'll have to be quick and lucky with the time period.

Pimp my Prosecco Bar for the wedding

First the question, what exactly is this? It's actually quite simple, you get the same thing here as with a beer dispenser, only with prosecco.

A prosecco reception or prosecco breakfast becomes much nicer this way.

You can decorate a Prosecco bar very nicely, because the individual bottles are usually already visually very beautiful, so you don't need to do much decorating yourself. In the end, you don't need too much.

A surface with enough space to place the different prosecco, herbs such as mint, lemon, basil or rosemary.

Big occasion and you need a lot of Prosecco?

Of course, you could just buy lots and lots of bottles, but after a certain point it gets annoying to lug them around and a few always get broken.

So if you want to have a Prosecco wedding, Prosecco breakfast or a Prosecco bar, as described above, you need to buy a lot of bottles.

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