For many and quite rightly so, Prosecco is a wonderful refreshing and economical way to enjoy a glass of bubbly. Some may call it and confuse it with Champagne, some may say it is too fruity and sweet, ladies will adore it with lunch and professional wine drinkers will love exploring the DOCG and Cartizze labels… but where exactly is Prosecco and more importantly, how do we find out more about the region itself and the wines it produces?
I am lucky in that I have visited the Prosecco region on a few occasions now and I would consider it to be one of the finest wine regions of the world both with tourism and wines in mind. The region has a middle class feel to it from the small rural villages to the larger towns, though steeped in history it has a young and vibrant feel to it which is what many would say is expressed by the wines themselves from Prosecco. As you enter the main region where the DOCG and Cartizze lays then you really get to see the splendours of this vast wine region with wonderful vine filled hills and mountains and beautiful hill top villages as far as the eye can see… Though what exactly do we mean by DOC, DOCG, Cartizze etc?
If anyone wishes to discover Prosecco then I suggest you discover Villa Sandi who have established a strong brand in the region and sell their Prosecco range to a global audience. The brand is steeped in history and tradition yet is innovative and young, it aims to teach the educational of Prosecco over just selling their wines and the main house and winery in Treviso is a perfect location to stop by when visiting the region.
Prosecco is now one of the most popular wines of the world, it holds over 20,000 hectares of vines with 10,000 wine-growers and production is soon to approach half a billion bottles a year – Us Brits are said to consume nearly a third of the Prosecco produced yearly so for sure it remains popular!
The below video is from a tasting I had at Villa Sandi in July 2017 and where Flavio Geretto, UK Sales Manager at Villa Sandi, explains about the vast wine region that is Prosecco: