Champagne vs. Prosecco
Bubbly wines are delicious and fun! They have such yummy and varied flavors. That’s how they have become a celebratory favorite!
Let’s talk about two of the heavy hitters when it comes to bubbles: Champagne & Prosecco.
What is a bubbly wine?
The first sparkling wine was created in 1531 by monks. They created it by bottling the wine before the first fermentation process was complete.
Nowadays, bubbly wine has gone through a second fermentation process, which then creates all of those yummy and tickly bubbles. When this second fermentation happens, CO2 is created by the yeast. The wine is in a sealed container (the type of container, you will learn, varies on which types of bubbles) then causes the CO2 to be redistributed into the wine, resulting in those tickly bubbles!
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What are the key differences?
Now that we know how sparkling wines are created, let’s identify the three main differences between Champagne & Prosecco.
2. Grape Variety
3. The Fermentation
Region: Champagne with a capital “C” is true champagne. This is a highly protected term and it can ONLY be called Champagne unless if it’s from the Champagne region of France.
Grape Variety: Champagne can only be made from chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier grapes. So there can be sparkling wine from the champagne region, but if isn’t made from those specific grapes, it’s just sparkling wine.
Fermentation: Now here is another reason Champagne is a little more expensive. Champagne uses the traditional method which is extremely labor intensive. The Champagne is bottled before the second fermentation and is then individually fermented. After the fermentation process has completed, they remove the dead yeast cells and then reseal the Champagne. The Prosecco method you will see it a lot easier!
Region: Prosecco is from grapes grown in Northern Italy. Glera Grape variety, it’s second fermentation process is done in a large tank before bottling
Grape Variety: Prosecco is only made from one variety of grape called the Glera grape.
Fermentation: The second fermentation process for Prosecco is much easier. The wine undergoes it’s second fermentation process in large sealed containers. Then after the process is complete and the yeast has died it is bottled.
Now that you know the differences, you need to decide if you prefer one over the other by doing a taste comparison. To do that though, you need to try to pick bottles of wine that are similar in sweetness so that you aren’t comparing a dry Prosecco to a sweet Champagne. If you really want to kick this challenge up a notch, find a Cava wine!
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Do you have a preference for one over the other? I would love to hear your thoughts on what you like and dislike about these two bubbly wines!
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I admit to being a non-wine-drinker. I really like it, but have not found the one that is worth the headache they produce, sadly even one glass. However, it seems the bubbly ones may be the answer to the search. As I know I have headaches, I usually decline the offer of a glass of wine. I did try a mimosa and enjoyed it a lot. So next time I do what all smart people do, I had 2! No headache! Then we tried just the bubbly wine alone. No headache.
I have been wondering about this, so was excited to read your article about the differences in bubbly wines and non-bubbly. I have even avoided champagne. Now that I know the story, this may change. Thanks for the information. Sami
I am glad you found this article helpful!
Champagne vs prosecco, this is a very insightful post.., very educational. Before now I never knew this differences between champagne and prosecco but now that I do I will definitely do a taste to know which of them I will prefer more, thanks for the tips on how to go about the testing. Thanks
Most people don’t know! Glad you learned something!
awesome comparison between both wines, from the fact that Champagne is produced from chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes grown in the Champagne region of northeast France, while prosecco hails from the Veneto region of Italy and is made mainly from glare grapes i bet to go for presecco which i know taste much more better to me and trust me a have tasted quite a few different and i know what they both contains…
thanks for the eye opening review…
Glad you found it insightful!