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Prosecco is all the rage at the moment, but there are some extremely poor examples knocking about. We took our time to source the right wine at the right price. It’s fresh and gentle with a pleasing touch of green apples on the nose. A great, and great-value, party wine.
Product Code: SG2191
Three regions constitute this wide and varied area. In the very north-east, abutting Slovenia and Croatia lies Friuli-Venezia Giulia. South and east of Venice spreads the broad swathe of the Veneto, one of Italy’s main wine producing areas in terms of volume. Finally, falling from the foothills of the Dolomites is Trentino-Alto Adige.Since the 1970s Friuli-Venezia Giulia has earned a fine reputation for high-quality white wines and a burgeoning one for reds. Most of the estates here are family owned with some co-operatives dotted around. Much of the inland area is hilly or mountainous with flatter vineyards sited around the Isonzo River as it comes down to the sea. The two principal white wine making areas are the Friuli Colli Orientali in the north-west and Collio Goriziano in the centre and east around the curve of the Slovenian border. The Orientali vineyards are in the lee of the Julian Alps and are cooler than the vineyards of Collio Goriziano though they are protected from northerly winds and have a more continental climate. They sit at altitudes of between 330 and 1200 metres on soils that were once beneath the ocean, so marl and sandstone predominate. The Collio Goriziano vineyards enjoy slightly greater influence from the Adriatic to the south, though the cool air draining from the higher ground in the north plays its part, and the vineyards sit upon the many steep slopes in this hilly country.Pinot grigio was an early success here and is still widely made, but chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot bianco have joined local varieties like tocai fiuliano, picolit and verduzzo in producing some of Italy’s freshest and most interesting white wines. Local varieties like schioppetino and refosco have struggled to find an audience outside of the region in the past though this is changing, and some Bordeaux blends from the Grave region of free draining alluvial soils are making people sit up and take notice.Trentino-Alto Adige was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and in the northern parts of the province (Alto Adige) German is still widely spoken. Indeed, the architecture, food and customs owe much to their Teutonic roots and there are elements that remain in the vineyards that echo a Germanic past. Riesling is planted here and the village of Tramin gave its name to the gewürztraminer grape which is now so widely planted in another region with Germanic influences, Alsace. To reinforce that comparison, sylvaner, muscat, müller-thurgau and pinot gris (grigio) are also to be found here. Alto Adige is also known as the Süd-Tyrol (South Tyrol) and lies on the border with Austria and is Italy’s most northerly wine region. Here the vines grow in the foothills of the Alps, on the lower slopes along the Adige Valley. Altitudes vary between 200 and 1000 metres. White wines made the reputation of the region for their lively, fresh purity but reds are grown here too. Schiava and the burlier lagrein are the indigenous varieties much used here, though bracing cabernet sauvignon and merlot wines are made from plantings that can struggle to ripen and escape some greenness. Some very fine pinot noir wines are having an impact for their high-class and poise.The Veneto is something of a vinous bread basket. The soils are fertile, which is not usually propitious for fine wine production, and officially permitted yields are unacceptably high. The region produces enormous quantities of everyday wines for exporting and blending but also embraces the Valpolicella region where the jewel in the crown is Valpolicella Amarone, the sweetly rich, full-bodied expression of semi-dried corvina and rondinella grapes that is sought after the world over. Though bulk production, particularly through large and highly-efficient co-operatives, is still prevalent the improvements in winemaking and viticulture are clear, and there are many producers in formerly workaday DOCs like Valpolicella and Soave who are turning their corvina, rondinella, garganega and trebbiano di lugana (turbiano) grapes into vinous gems. Prosecco is also produced here from the glera grape in the hills around Conigliano almost due north of Venice, and is something of a worldwide phenomenon in terms of sales volume. As ever, there is a lot of basic fizz but the producers who take a little more care in vineyards and wineries are making delicious bubblies at all price levels.
"Great price to quality prosecco. A party delight!"
I would recommend this wine
"Great price to quality prosecco. A party delight!"
I would recommend this wine
Wine-pages.com 19th Nov 2018
about this Prosecco from The Wine Society, and nothing objectionable either:
pre-requisite fresh pear, lemon and icing sugar aromas, a lively and sherbet-y
palate, and it is Brut, so a bit drier than your average supermarket label, which
is for the good. Very decent quaffing Prosecco. - Tom Cannavan"
"A good Friday evening starter, light, bright, dry, and bubbly. Good value."
Mr Tom Bulley (05-Nov-2016)
"A bit too sweet, and much too fizzy. Not enough complexity of flavour to sustain a repeat purchase. Level up to the Society's Treviso for a pound or so more."
Mr Dan Cook (06-Oct-2016)
"Great value, crisp finish and great value for money....perfect for Happy Hour or getting the party to go...."
Mr Andrew Brewer (15-Aug-2016)
"Excellent at this price"
Mr David B Ronaldson (11-Aug-2016)
"Nice and dry but lacking flavour. Good cocktail base."
Mr Martin Kirby (27-Jun-2016)
"Crisp and easy drinking"
Mr Eain Green (07-Jun-2016)
"I am waiting diligently for this and all the other proseccos to return to The Wine Society in fact I dont think I have ordered anything since this dissapeared in a puff of panic."
Mr Chris Reynolds (27-Aug-2015)
"Very refreshing, this is now our 'go to' sparkling wine as it's both easy to drink as well as having a great fruity taste."
Mr David Mitchell (05-May-2015)
"Stunning, very easy to drink. Best Prosecco I've ever had."
Mr Danny Lingwood (22-Feb-2015)
"Lovely prosecco,good balance of fruit to acidity and a biscuity/creamy finish. Bargain at this price."
Mr Jeff Garner (15-Feb-2015)
"A nice light and freshing prosecco, very easy to drink, makes a great party drink and is great value."
Mr David Mitchell (01-Dec-2014)
"A superb stylish Prosecco. Plenty of fruit with a fine mousse, great value. One of the best sparklers I have had this year!"
Mr Malcolm J Davies (16-Aug-2014)
"Highly enjoyable Prosecco from a reliable source. Dry and biscuity."
Mr Timothy Appelbee (14-Aug-2014)
"This was the first time we had tried it and we really liked it. It is described as a party wine and we thought it was very nice.
Helen Glenny (12-Aug-2014)
"Often Prosecco is just fruity, but the biscuit hint was very nice. I really enjoyed it."
Tony Bird (12-Aug-2014)
"One of the most pleasant, easy to drink, sparkling wines I have tasted. Far superior in my mind to cheap champagne. Fruity and, as other reviewers have noted, definitely "dangerously quaffable". Highly recommended."
Mr Neil Cooper (19-Jul-2014)
"A lovely Prosecco, I have tried many and this one comes as good as they get. I echo the other reviews, as you have to be disciplined or the bottle disappears far to quickly!"
Mr Colin Dartnell (18-Jul-2014)
"Absolutely delicious and I'm not much of a Prosecco lover. As another reviewer mentions, 'dangerously quaffable!'. A real bargain and definitely worth a try."
Ms Cerian Howell (26-Feb-2014)
"One of the best Prosecco we have ever had - unbelievably good. Very clean, crisp, dangerously quaffable!"
Mr Martin P Miller (12-Jan-2014)
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