How To Pick A Good Bottle Of Prosecco No Matter What Your Budget Is

Anna Lewis
·4-min read

From Delish

In case you hadn't noticed, Christmas is just around the corner. And seeing as Xmas 2020 is going to be a pretty unusual one, you may have to find different ways to make it feel special. One way to do that is by stocking up on plenty of Prosecco, because, if there's ever been a year when we needed festive bubbles more than normal, it's 2020.

But, with the market being saturated with different bottles of Prosecco - not to mention sparkling wine and Champagne - how do you know if you're picking a good bottle? Does a higher price and a vintage year make for the best Prosecco?

We spoke to Clara Latham, general manager of Della Vite (Cara, Poppy and Chloe's Delevingne's company) to find out what you should be looking for when buying a bottle of Prosecco. Plus, which Prosecco glasses should be in your online shopping basket.

What is Prosecco?

Prosecco is a sparkling wine that can only be produced in a mountainous corner of North-Eastern Italy. Superiore Prosecco, for example, comes from a very small area in the most historic part of the region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main grape used to make Prosecco is called Glera.

Why has Prosecco become so popular in the last decade?

I think the way we socialise and celebrate has significantly changed over the last 10 years, meaning we now opt for more informal, casual moments to connect with people in meaningful and enjoyable ways. Prosecco really leans into this shift in behaviour, because of its lightness and delicate flavour.

What should you be looking for in a good Prosecco?

A good Prosecco is about joyous, breezy, refreshment. It should be gently aromatic, with a delicate bubble. This trademark fruitiness comes from the way in which Prosecco gets its bubbles, which is called the Charmat-Martinotti method.

And how can you tell if you've accidentally bought a bad Prosecco?

Prosecco is meant to be an elegant, racy mountain wine. So anything with a dull colour and flavour, which goes flat very quickly probably isn’t great quality. Other things to look out for are Proseccos that are overly sweet or watery.

What sort of price should you expect to pay for a good bottle of Prosecco?

Prosecco prices vary widely. There is a huge difference between the most highly classified Prosecco from specific vineyards, compared to the widely available entry level, higher volume Prosecco.

For a good quality Prosecco, which has a DOC classification, I would expect to pay in the region of £15 - £20. The highest quality of Prosecco, which has a DOCG classification, I feel carries the same quality credentials as other premium sparkling wines [English sparkling for example], which would sit more in the £20 - £30 bracket.

Does a more expensive Prosecco necessarily mean a better Prosecco?

Actually – yes! Prosecco has become such a large category that it is now incredibly price driven. It’s definitely one of the categories of wine where paying a bit more will give you a better quality product as there's a massive difference between cheap Prosecco and the real thing.

Does a Prosecco being vintage mean it will be better too?

Prosecco is very much a style that focuses on fruit and freshness, so it's really delicious, and ready to drink as soon as its released. The higher quality Superiore Proseccos can still be really nice with a year or two of bottle age, especially if you prefer the more rounded flavours which come alongside this.

What are the best Prosecco glasses - flutes or coupes?

The best glass for Prosecco is generally something that is more open than a flute, as that allows the aromas to fully come out. Either a tulip, a coupé or a white wine glass would be best.

Do you personally prefer Prosecco or Champagne?

It really depends on my mood. Prosecco is a really welcoming sparkling wine and I think it fits well into the more laid back and every day celebratory moments.

What's your favourite Prosecco?

I know it may sound biased, but genuinely I am in love with our Della Vite Superiore DOCG. I feel sophisticated when I drink it, it’s complex in flavour and I really feel the quality shines through. We’ve really not made any compromises in the production, and it delivers a super-light, refreshing glass of bubbles, perfect for special moments – both big and small.

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