Enjoy Prosecco Wines at VanWineFest 2024

There will be several wineries from the Veneto region that produce Prosecco wines attending VanWineFest 2024.  Prosecco has been a growing segment of sparkling wine and wine in general. But what do you know about Prosecco?  I have some background information for you, followed by a list of wineries from the Venteo region producing Prosecco that you can visit at the International Festival Tasting Room.  Cin cin.

About Prosecco Wines

Villa Sandi Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut NV
Villa Sandi Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut NV

Prosecco is a sparkling wine that has become a popular drink at any time.  This effervescent wine has a rich history, a variety of styles, distinct aromas, and flavours that make it a favourite among wine enthusiasts worldwide.

The history of Prosecco dates back to the Veneto region in northeastern Italy, where the Glera grape variety thrives. Prosecco’s origins can be traced to the Roman era, with early references to a similar wine known as “Pucino” in the writings of Pliny the Elder. However, it was in the 16th century that the term “Prosecco” was first used to describe the wine produced in the village of Prosecco, near Trieste.

Over the centuries, Prosecco’s popularity grew, and by the 20th century, the wine became more widely recognized. In 1969, Prosecco earned the DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status, establishing guidelines for its production. Later, in 2009, the Prosecco Superiore DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) was introduced to designate higher-quality wines from specific regions.

Prosecco Styles

Prosecco comes in various styles, ranging from the standard Prosecco DOC to the higher-tier Prosecco Superiore DOCG. The classifications are based on factors such as grape quality, production methods, and geographical origin. The Prosecco DOC typically offers a fresh and lively taste, perfect for casual enjoyment. On the other hand, the Prosecco Superiore DOCG represents the pinnacle of quality, originating from the Conegliano Valdobbiadene area. These wines often exhibit more complexity and depth, showcasing the mastery of the winemakers.

The main grape that is grown for Prosecco Superiore DOCG is Glera and at least 85% of the wine must be from this grape.  Other varieties that are permitted to blend with Glera are VerdisoBianchettaPerera, and Glera Lunga, plus the international varieties covering  Pinots and Chardonnay

For Prosecco, you can enjoy Extra BrutBrutExtra Dry and Dry versions.  But Dry or Extra Dry is not necessarily as dry as you think.  Extra Brut is allowed up to 6 g/l of residual sugar, Brut is allowed up to 12 g/l of residual sugar, Extra Dry between 12 – 17 g/l, and Dry between 17-32 g/l. These wines also are made with between 3-5 atmospheres of pressure to produce a “Spumante” style sparkling wine.  Less than 3 atmospheres of pressure in the bottle makes “Frizzante” wines.

Aromas and Flavors

Prosecco’s allure lies in its enticing aromas and vibrant flavours. Glera grapes, the backbone of Prosecco, contribute to its characteristic notes of green apple, pear, and floral hints. The effervescence adds a lively and refreshing quality, making Prosecco an ideal companion for various occasions.

In Prosecco Superiore, the nuances become more pronounced, with mineral undertones and a greater depth of fruit character. Some expressions may display subtle notes of almond, citrus, or even a hint of honey, enhancing the overall sensory experience.

Food Pairings

Prosecco’s versatility extends beyond its taste, making it an excellent accompaniment to many cuisines. Its effervescence and crisp acidity cleanse the palate, making it an ideal choice for appetizers and seafood dishes. Here are some food pairings that complement the characteristics of Prosecco:

  • Antipasti: The light and effervescent nature of Prosecco makes it a perfect match for antipasti, featuring cured meats, cheeses, and olives. The wine’s acidity cuts through the richness, creating a harmonious balance.
  • Seafood: Prosecco’s citrusy and mineral notes complement seafood dishes effortlessly. From oysters to grilled shrimp, the sparkling wine enhances the flavours of the ocean.
  • Pasta and Risotto: Prosecco’s versatility shines when paired with pasta and risotto dishes. Creamy sauces, such as Alfredo or carbonara, find a delightful counterpart in the lively bubbles of Prosecco.
  • Asian Cuisine: Prosecco’s ability to complement a variety of flavours makes it an excellent choice for Asian cuisine. Whether it’s sushi, Thai, or Chinese, Prosecco’s versatility adds a touch of elegance to the dining experience.
  • Desserts: Prosecco’s off-dry or slightly sweet versions pair well with desserts like fruit tarts, sorbets, or light pastries. The effervescence lifts the sweetness, creating a balanced finale to a meal.

Prosecco Wines Featured at VanWineFest 2024

Check out these wineries at the International Festival Tasting Room for your fill of Prosecco wines:

  1. Bottega
  2. Botter
  3. MGM Mondo del Vino
  4. Gruppo Martellozzo
  5. Casa Paladin
  6. Villa Sandi
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