Prosecco is one of the most popular Italian wines around the world. Produced in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the origins of Prosecco date back to the ancient Romans and it is made from a very old grape variety called Glera.
Over the centuries, Prosecco has always been one of the most appreciated Italian wines thanks to its fruity and fresh flavour. Originally, its name was Puccino (from the Latin word Puxinum), but the population of Trieste (in Friuli-Venezia Giulia) felt the need to distinguish their own fine wine from the wine produced in the surrounding areas, so they decided to call it Prosecco.
The name then comes from the Prosecco Tower, a structure of the 1300s also known as Castello di Moncolano, built to defend the local territory from possible attacks of the neighbouring cities.
Nowadays, Prosecco is one of the most exported Italian wine and since 2014, the demand for Prosecco in the world overtakes even the beloved French Champagne. One the reason of its success is surely related to its affordable price; unlike Champagne, a good Prosecco can be also bought for £10 in a wine shop.
There is another characteristic making Prosecco so popular, that is, its versatility. Crisp and refreshing Prosecco can be drunk to celebrate special occasions as well as a quick Aperitivo or mixed with Aperol and soda water for a trendy Spritz. In summertime, a glass of chilled Prosecco is obviously ideal for any lunch and dinner, especially to be paired with fish, but also as a dessert wine.
Did you know? To boost its chillness, once out of the fridge, Prosecco is usually placed in a bucket half filled with ice and water. The lower the temperature is the more the flavour and the aromas are enhanced; that is why, like any respectable sparkling wine, Prosecco should be served at a temperature being between 6 and 8 Celsius degrees, preferably in a tulip glass.