It’s easy to tell the difference between sparkling wine and still wines. Champagne is only a wine that comes from Champagne in France. Prosecco, on the other hand, is mostly produced in the Veneto area of Italy. The difference between Champagne and Prosecco is that Champagne wine growers believe Champagne to be a “wine from place” that cannot be replicated anywhere else. The method of making each wine differs greatly. Prosecco is made using the Charmat method, which involves a single fermentation in a tank and a pressure-pressured bottling. Champagne, on the other hand, is fermented two times, with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. This secondary fermentation includes yeast and solids to produce the bubbles.
What is the effect of the Charmat process on the taste and texture?
“Both Prosecco and Champagne use the formula: yeast + sugar = carbon dioxide + alcohol. The Charmat method is used to make Prosecco, which involves the mass production of bubbles in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then bottle by a special bottling machine in a pressured environment. The process is slightly different from Champagne, as Champagne bubbles can only be achieved by a second fermentation within the bottle. Prosecco costs less because the Charmat method, which is used to make alcohol in bulk and not per bottle, is used. It still has a light, delicate and simple flavour.”
Why do you believe that the popularity of Prosecco in Australia has recently increased?
“Australia has a culture that is very similar to Italy. Both countries love to relax and socialize with family and friends over food and drinks. Prosecco, therefore, is the ideal beverage for the Australian summer. People want to enjoy a light and refreshing beverage with their friends. Prosecco is significantly cheaper than Champagne due to its simpler fermentation process. This allows for regular consumption.
Why is Prosecco a perfect summer drink?
Prosecco has a light taste, and its bubbles make it a versatile and ideal drink. It is also able to be used as a base for refreshing summer cocktails. It has a fruity and floral aroma that makes it a great Aperitif. “