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Prosecco vs Champagne, What is the Difference?

Prosecco vs Champagne, What is the Difference?

When it comes to sparkling wines, people often think of either Prosecco or Champagne. While both are known for their effervescence and celebratory nature, there are very distinct differences between the two wines. But what exactly sets them apart?

What is Prosecco?

Prosecco is a sparkling wine that hails from the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. Prosecco is specifically from the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Its made primarily from the Glera grape, which was formerly known as Prosecco. Prosecco is known for its light, fruity flavors, floral aromas, and lively bubbles. Unlike Champagne, which undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle (known as the traditional method), Prosecco is typically made using the tank method, where the secondary fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks.

What is Champagne?

Champagne, on the other hand, is a sparkling wine that originates from the Champagne region of France. Made predominantly from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Champagne is renowned for its complex flavors and fine bubbles. One of the trademarks of Champagne production is the traditional method, or méthode champenoise, in which the secondary fermentation that takes place in the bottle. This results in a wine with greater depth and complexity.

So What's the Difference?

The main difference between Prosecco and Champagne is in their production methods, grape varieties, and terroir. While both are sparkling wines, Prosecco tends to be lighter, fruitier, and more approachable. This makes it ideal for casual sipping and everyday occasions. Champagne, on the other hand, is often more complex, with a broader range of flavors and a higher price point to match its prestige. This is why people usually pop open a bottle of Champagne for special occasions.

Prosecco and Champagne are also governed by different regulations and classifications. Prosecco is produced under the strict guidelines of the Prosecco DOC and DOCG appellations. They dictate where the grapes are grown, how the wine is made, and what labeling requirements must be met. Champagne is subject to the regulations of the Champagne appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), which mandates specific winemaking practices and quality standards.

While there are similarities to both Prosecco and Champagne, there are also stark differences. Whether you choose a bottle of Adami Valdobbiadene Prosecco or a bottle of Dumenil Champagne, you can't really go wrong with either.


Contributed by Ray Ibanez, E-Commerce Manager for Plume Ridge Bottle Shop.

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