Prosecco is still our favourite

WHAT'S IN A NAME:  Whether you call it Prosecco or Glera, there's no denying Australian versions of this popular sparkling wine are soaring in popularity despite EU laws which control the use of the name
WHAT'S IN A NAME: Whether you call it Prosecco or Glera, there's no denying Australian versions of this popular sparkling wine are soaring in popularity despite EU laws which control the use of the name

Its not just a fizzy drink that makes Aperol Spritz go further Prosecco is in fact a grape that produces a sparkling wine from northern Italy.

Originating in north-east Italy in Veneto, Prosecco is fermented so that it is quite fruity a bit like the taste of crisp apples. It is suited for drinking now rather than keeping it in a cellar for a long time.

Given the amount of Italian wine dynasties there are in Australia it was just a matter of time before our own production of this wine would start to challenge the Italian versions.

In Australia, Prosecco has grown in popularity around the nation with sales within Australia growing by 53 per cent in the past 12 months.

This bubbly is made by fermenting the grape juice in a tank with a second fermentation in large closed pressure tanks. Prosecco is not aged on lees (dead yeast cells) which makes it less complex than other traditional sparkling wines. The fizz of Prosecco is categorized as spumante, full of lively fizz or as a moderate frizzante, with comparatively less fizz. It is a crisp, fruity yet dry style of wine.

A couple of years back, Prosecco made from grapes in Italy was given DOCG status in Italy(Denominazione Origine Controllata Garantita), meaning that it can be labelled Prosecco Superiore exclusively and its production is strictly controlled.

Due to the DOCG labelling, Prosecco grown outside this area in Europe must be called Glera, not Prosecco. This however doesnt apply in Australia (even though the Prosecco producers in Italy would like it to), meaning that in Australia, we can find Prosecco grown locally and labelled such, though clearly without DOCG status on the label.

Australian producers grow and market the grape variety by its correct name, which is Prosecco.

Chief executive of the Winemakers Federation of Australia, Tony Battaglene said the term Glera only came about in 2009 when the EU changed the rules to control and restrict use of the Prosecco name in Europe. The Winemakers Federation of Australia has stated its support for Australian winemakers arguing their right to call their wines Prosecco.

You can keep the Prosecco craze going by enjoying an ice-cold glass yourself today.