Champagne vs Prosecco… What’s all the fizz about?

If that Friday feeling leaves you wanting something with a little fizz in it chances are you’ll be reaching for a bottle of  sparkling wine.

Depending on the location and types of grapes used will determine if it’s labeled Champagne or Prosecco.

History of Champagne

Map Credit to WineFolly.com

Map Credit to WineFolly.com

There are lots of rules associated with the Champagne label. Those rules are part of the reason why it is more expensive than Prosecco.

Rule No. 1:  To be called Champagne it must be produced from specific grapes grown in the Champagne region in France.

Those grapes include Black Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and White Chardonnay. black pinot noir grapes

Rule No. 2: The secondary fermentation of the wine must occur in the bottle, also known at the traditional process.

There are various other vineyard practices that have to take place before the end product can be labeled Champagne.

Royalty became associated with Champagne in the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries.  Even back then manufacturers were pushing to get Royals associated with their Champagne to make it rise in popularity.

That eventually led to its demand among the emerging Middle Class.

In 2015, The United Kingdom was the world’s largest Champagne Export market according to figures released by Comite Champagne.

That being said… if you are in the UK and celebrating #FizzyFriday. Chances are you are reaching for a bottle of Prosecco and not Champagne.

The Rise of Prosecco

2015 also marked the first year that Prosecco overtook Champagne by both volume and value of amounts consumed in the UK.

Just last year alone, sales of Prosecco in the UK were up 72%.  Why?  The short answer: fewer rules + less history = lower cost.

glera grapeWhile Champagne Comglera grapes come from France, the Glera grape used in Prosecco comes from Italy.  Most of the grapes are harvested in northern Vento region.  But it isn’t the grape that is the biggest factor in the cost but the method of fermentation used.

Prosecco uses the tank method of fermentation. Producers can ferment large quantities of Prosecco at a time which in turn means you pay a lower price at the till.

Price Difference

Just how much difference is there between the two? On average £10 per bottle.  Of course, prices vary depending on labels and where you buy it.

For other difference between the Fizz check out the infographic below.

Champagne

 

 

Know someone who is a fan of the fizz?  Bring a surprise to their face with one or all of these gifts.

Prosecco Gift Box

Prosecco Gift Box

Champagne Truffles

Champagne Truffles

Pink Champagne and Strawberry Truffles

Pink Champagne and Strawberry Truffles

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