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La Dolce Vita in a Glass

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Just as Champagne is a term given only to the true French product bottled in the eponymous region, Prosecco is the Italian equivalent. A representation of Italian excellence, Prosecco DOC boasts a distinct territory, stretching between the Italian Regions of Veneto (5 Provinces: Treviso, Belluno, Padua, Venice and Vicenza) and Friuli-Venezia Giulia (4 Provinces: Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste and Udine), rich in tradition with a favourable climate that gives the Glera grapes unique elegance, balance, and contemporary flair.

It has a prestigious history and heavy cultural ties to the Conegliano Valdobbiadene region, Treviso Province, near Venice. The Colline del Prosecco hills offer a unique viticulture landscape resulting from the interaction of nature and people over several centuries that have been recognised by UNESCO with World Heritage status.

The Italian Government, keen to preserve the integrity of this beloved sparkling drink, authorises two labels – DOC or DOCG, which stand for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita.

If your bottle does not contain either of these, accompanied by its own traceable number, then it is not the real deal.

And until you have tasted that instant hit of frothy bubbles, rounded out by the sweet honeydew and green apple notes of an exceptional Prosecco, then you have not experienced la dolce vita in a flute.

Refreshing, versatile and with only moderate alcohol, Prosecco is an all-day drink to celebrate life. Prosecco does have a Brut version ideal for accompanying a meal. Extra Dry is the most popular and traditional version that make excellent aperitifs. Sweeter styles of Prosecco (dry or demi-sec) perfectly complement desserts and sweeter dishes.

 

And if imbibing the sunshine of the Italian countryside is not enough to tempt you, here are some other tips you need to know about Prosecco:

  • It is proven to be healthier than some wines because it contains high antioxidant levels.
  • It may be sweet but Prosecco contains on average 1 gram of sugar – which is actually less than a glass of wine.

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