Prosecco, explained, the Ultimate Guide

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Prosecco is one of the most famous sparkling wines on the planet. Millions of bottles of the fizzy wine are sold every year, and it’s easy to see why. From the vineyards to the bottle, how is Prosecco made?  The wine is stylish and delicious, let’s take a look.

Before we get started, know that the Yarra Valley is an incredible source of premium sparkling wine. And you can visit the finest producers! Yes, book your private cheese and wine pairing, premium wine and gin tasting or a Yarra Valley pop up picnic for 2. The sky’s the limit! We also offer a private Yarra Valley with lunch tour, and all of these are available through our private tour gift card including vouchers for all experiences, so come taste some Prosecco with us.

What’s Prosecco, anyway?

Prosecco is sparkling wine, but it’s made with a special process, called the Italian, tank or Charmat method, which we’ll cover below, all this makes Prosecco incredibly special!

How Is Prosecco Made?

To make Prosecco, producers grow the tangy grape, once harvested, the grapes are crushed and pressed to obtain a sweet liquid.

This liquid is fermented to dryness, just like in white winemaking. Still, instead of bottling the wine as dry white wine, it is pumped into a second tank, where Prosecco producers add a bit more sugar and yeast. This triggers a second fermentation, and since the CO2 gas doesn’t have anywhere to go inside the pressurised tank, the wine absorbs it — you’ve got yourself sparkling wine!

The wine is ready to be filtered and bottled. That’s Prosecco right there, a clean, pure and efficient sparkling wine ready to enjoy even when young!

How to Pair Prosecco with Food?

Thanks to its winemaking process, Prosecco is clean, pure and fruit-forward. This makes Prosecco pretty versatile at the table.

Prosecco is perfect with raw seafood like sushi and sashimi and other fresh sea-scented specialties like seared scallops, oysters and mussels. Prosecco is also super compatible with fresh cheese and cured ham. Prosciutto and Prosecco are a match made in heaven!

Besides, Prosecco is quite tasty on its own. It’s the perfect apéritif and goes well with finger food and canapes. That’s a versatile wine style right there!

Learn More About Your Favourite Wine Styles!

Now that you know a bit more about Prosecco. Why not take a private cheese and wine pairing or a premium wine and gin tasting? Why not experience a Yarra Valley pop up picnic for 2 or a private Yarra Valley with lunch tour?

If you enjoy learning about wine, you’ll feel right at home in the Yarra Valley wine country. Take a look at our private tour gift card or vouchers to learn more about Prosecco, you’ll be glad you did.


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