Prosecco and champagne are the two sparkling wines most commonly associated with celebrations! They are both similar and different in several important areas. To help you understand the difference between the two we’re breaking down each one below –
- Come from the Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, is made from the Glera(Prosecco) grape with up to 15% other white grapes allowed.
- It is available in three different styles, spumante(sparkling), frizzante(semi-sparkling) and tranquillo(still wine).
- It is produced using the Charmat or bulk method where the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in large steel tanks.
- Prosecco typically has a lighter mouthfeel and more subtle flavors than champagne.
- Comes from the Champagne region of France although many fine sparkling wines from other countries borrow the name.
- Champagne uses three main grapes which can be blended in combination or produced singly. The grapes are Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
- The types include Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noir and Rose and several other less common types. Several different styles ranging from bone dry “brut” to slightly sweet “Demi Sec” are produced.
- The secondary fermentation occurs in the individual bottles requiring more time and attention than Prosecco’s bulk method.
- Flavors are usually more pronounced than those of Prosecco.
We hope this helps you understand the difference between Prosecco and Champagne. We love each one and think either one would have worked well for viewing the recent eclipse. Stock up now for the next solar eclipse due in 2024!