Champagne and Prosecco differences

The differences between Prosecco and Champagne

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PROSECCO AND CHAMPAGNE

 

If you are sparkling wines lovers, for sure you have had this question in mind: “What are the differences between Champagne and Prosecco?

There are so many differences: the only similarity between Prosecco and Champagne is that both have bubbles.

In fact the Prosecco and the Champagne are spumanti, namely they are wines with up to 3 bar overpressure.

Attention please! Not every Prosecco is a spumante and viceversa! We have told about the differences between Prosecco and Spumante here in this article on our blog – LINK

PRODUCTION AREA

Both the Prosecco and the Champagne are European wines but their production areas are totally different.

The Champagne region is situated in the North of France  (between Reims and Épernay). So where does Prosecco come from? The Prosecco DOC e DOCG is produced in the area between Veneto (not in Verona and Rovigo provinces) and Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy.

VINIFICATION METHODS

The Champagne is exclusively produced through the Champenoise method (also called Metodo Classico): using the second fermentation directly in the bottle.

How is the Prosecco wine made?

The Prosecco is produced with the Martinotti or Charmat method: the wine has the two re-fermentations in autoclave.

GRAPES

The Prosecco is totally made of white grapes (it must be made up for the most part by glera grape). What is champagne made from? The Champagne grapes are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

WINE COLORS

For the Prosecco regulation it can only be white because it is made up exclusively by white grapes. The Champagne instead can also be Rosé and not only white.

TIMING

The Prosecco needs only few weeks in order to be delivered to the consumer after the harvest and the Prosecco is better to be consumed in the very first year.

The Champagne, on the contrary, cannot be sold before 2 years after the harvest and it often ages well.

So you are thinking PROSECCO VS CHAMPAGNE or PROSECCO & CHAMPAGNE ?

Do you know that the Italian Franciacorta is more similar to Champagne? And what are the differences between Prosecco and Franciacorta? You can discover the details in our article comparing Prosecco and Franciacorta

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