Prosecco may now be synonymous with bottomless brunch but it seems we just can’t get enough of those bubbles as the UK is the biggest market for Prosecco DOC wines in the world. 486 million bottles were produced in 2019, 77.8% of which were exported internationally – that’s a lot of bottles for us.
Prosecco DOC is actually a very versatile wine; not only are there real variations between the levels of dryness, bubbles and styles from 347 sparkling wine houses, but it pairs well with a range of food, including cheese, seafood, pizza and creamy desserts (so not just avo on toast and eggs benedict). It’s also great as an aperitivo – enjoying a glass is a very handy way to mark the end of the working day, especially when you’re WFH – and it’s a key part of any spritz, aka the cocktail of the summer.
As Prosecco DOC is a protected product, it has to be produced in a certain way in two regions of northeast Italy (Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia) to be labelled as such. The area encompasses Venice, Treviso and Trieste and some beautiful countryside – one to get on your list for when we’re allowed to travel again! Luckily it’s a very easy product to find under lockdown as supermarkets in the UK have plenty of Prosecco DOC on the shelves, and you can get some great wines online that are usually only available in restaurants over here.
Try Your Own Prosecco Tasting At Home
If you’re getting into Prosecco DOC at home it’s worth spending a little more on a bottle; upwards of a tenner and you’ll really start to taste the difference. Zonin, Val D’Oca and Villa Sandi are good ones to look out for but there are hundreds of different options, so get those bottles poppin’. And why not try pairing your Prosecco with food at home? It’s a great drink to welcome in the evening and it’s one you make a real night of.
Try these food and prosecco pairings
Toressella with Grana Padano
Masottina with sushi
Ruggeri with avocado
Cabert with pizza
Enjoy the bubbles!