A bottle of prosecco is welcome at any time of the year, but during Christmas time it helps make those festive celebrations that extra bit special.
Its affordable price tag and palatable flavour mean it’s no wonder that the particular fizz has long overtook champagne as the UK's most popular sparkling wine.
Luckily, retailers usually reduce the prices of bubbly over the Christmas season – giving us plenty of reason to stock up now.
At roughly 80 calories per glass, prosecco is produced from the glera grape and is a bit easier on the fizz than Champagne and Cava with 11 per cent ABV (champagne and cava are usually 12 per cent ABV).
Its bubbles come from a second fermentation in a stainless-steel tank (autoclaves) – which is known as the Charmat or tank method. After this process, the yeast is then filtered out and the drink is bottled under pressure to preserve its bubbles.
What’s more, it’s packed with polyphenols that are known to have beneficial effects on our health.
With so many accessible options from premium supermarket lines like Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference and Tesco Finest, we’ve tested a range to find you the best.
Aldi Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Aldi has been upping the ante with low-priced luxury for the past year and this impressive bubbly is a fine example. A crowd pleaser, the Prosecco Superiore DOCG offers a fruity aroma with lots of delicate floral notes. Its creamy consistency blends beautifully with its softness – this is the perfect prosecco to pair with panettone.
£7.99 | Aldi | Buy it now
Waitrose San Leo Prosecco Brut NV
Style: very dry
The fruity fizz is fresh and dry but without the bitterness commonly found, it has a robust sparkle that won’t fizzle out as soon as it’s poured. Wonderfully versatile, it goes down extremely well in cocktails like bucks fizz or Bellini.
£7.29 | Aldi | Buy it now
Tesco Plaza Centro Prosecco
This stylish bottle holds a crisp, delicate prosecco which is a lively blend of citrus fruit flavours combined with floral notes. It’s wonderfully easy to drink and pairs perfectly with sea food.
£7.29 | Aldi | Buy it now
Bottega Rose Gold Prosecco
Style: fresh and floral
This luxurious bottle is a joy to behold, housing an elegant rosé that’s particularly enjoyable on its own during evening occasions. On the palate, mixed berries including currants and wild strawberries mingle with flowery aromas.
£20.95 | The Whisky Exchange | Buy it now
Veuve Clicquot Brut Ponsardin
Style: very dry
Treat someone special to a popular classic, customised with their name. Beautifully packaged in a gold tin with an arrow design that features a glittering message, the bubbly offers a rich nectarine fruit aroma and toasty vanilla notes – the perfect tipple for family celebrations.
£56.99 | Selfridges | Buy it now
Harrods Bortolotti Prosecco Extra Dry
Style: very dry
This fragrant blend offers hints of summer fruits and has a fresh, lingering finish. While classified as extra dry, it has a noticeable sweetness that makes it a good choice for pairing with puddings. It’s a little pricey at just over twenty pounds, but if you’re looking to impress some picky guests then this one should do the trick.
£22 | Harrods | Buy it now
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco 2015
Style: elegant and crisp
This is a soft sparkler that goes down very nicely, balancing tangy citrus with gentle apricot flavours. It’s not too dry and has a very subtle sweetness, so it’s ideal for those who find most Prosecco too sugary. Great as an Apéritif and best served chilled.
£10 | Sainsbury’s | Buy it now
Marks and Spencer Conte Priuli ORO Prosecco 2015
Style: light and fresh
The perfect party Prosecco. Not only is it beautifully balanced with flavours of green apple, but its extravagant gold packaging earns it some major presentation points. It has just the right amount of fizz and a velvety texture with plenty of lasting froth. Pair with nibbles and canapés.
£67.50 | Marks and Spencer | Buy it now
Tesco Finest Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG
Style: crisp and dry
A generously fruity blend with aromas of apple, white peach and pear. It’s pretty firm on the palate, but was a tad too citrusy for some. The finish is long, dry and slightly bitter. Best for pairing with cheeses like Gorgonzola.
£8 | Tesco | Buy it now
Waitrose NV Glera Italian Prosecco
Style: smooth and fresh
Here’s one to bring along to the next dinner party in your calendar. Light and refreshing, it boasts both floral and fruity flavours and has notes of sweet almond on the finish. Its balance of acidity and sweetness makes it great for drinking throughout the evening.
£7.89 | Waitrose | Buy it now
Asda Extra Special Prosecco Asolo Brut
Style: crisp and fruity
Straight from the vineyards of Italy, this wine offers crisp apple flavours and lovely aromas of wild flowers. It had a noticeable lack of fizz and was mildly sweet. Easy to drink, but nothing mind-blowing. Asda recommends blending with peach juice to create a classic Bellini.
£7 | Asda | Buy it now
Lidl Allini Proseeco Treviso Frizzante
A pretty average Prosecco for day-to-day drinking. With light pear notes, this one’s more suited to those looking for something soft on flavour for cocktail mixing. It’s bright and creamy, but much drier than our other contestants.
£5.49 | Lidl | Buy it now
Once again, Aldi has given luxury brands a run for their money with a sophisticated Italian sparkler. It’s a certain crowd-pleaser and serves especially well with panettone. Or if you require an expensive-looking bottle to impress the party host, the extravagant appearance and full flavour of Bottega's Rose Gold Prosecco won’t go unnoticed.