There’s nothing quite like a glass of bubbly. For years Champagne was the undisputed favourite in the Sparkling Wine world, however in recent years Prosecco has become more popular. So popular in fact, that Brits are the biggest Prosecco drinkers in the World.
But how much do you know about your bubbles? To the untrained eye Prosecco and Champagne can seem very similar. However, there are many differences in taste, production and pairings that you need to know about. We’re recapping their main differences…
Where does prosecco & champagne originate from?
Champagne is, of course, from the Champagne region of France. Whilst sparkling wines from further afield can taste very similar, only the Champagne region of France produces actual Champagne. Prosecco on the other hand, is from Italy. The beverage originates around the village of Treviso in the Veneto region of Italy.
Champagne has a much more costly method attached to its production. It’s a traditional method that creates longer lasting bubbles than the Tank method, which is what produces Prosecco. The cheaper tank method evolved in the 20th century and uses modern advances in technology to create a quicker method of bubble creation.
What is the difference in grape between prosecco & champagne?
Whilst Champagne is created using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, Prosecco uses Prosecco (Glera) Grapes. The flavours common to the Prosecco grape are fruity, with honey, apple and pear hints. Meanwhile, Champagne has a more citrus and almond taste with aged yeast particles that create a toasted flavour.
As mentioned previously, the cost of Champagne is more expensive because the method is thought to be more time consuming. In many ways Champagne is a sparkling wine that is created the ‘correct’ or ‘proper’ way and is therefore more pricey. It also carries a bigger price tag because of the way it’s been marketed over the years.
As a luxury beverage, Champagne is synonymous with special occassions and decadence. Prosecco on the other hand, is a more casual drink and has become popular due to its affordability. A more special bottle of Prosecco like the Bottega Gold is still great for celebrations and special occasions.
If you’re looking for the perfect glass of Champagne to enjoy, take a look at our Mercier Brut. Coming in at a cheaper price point than many other Champagnes, this is the perfect bottle for a party or event. The pinot grapes express their personality with flavours of ripe apples and pears. Mercier is France's best selling branded Champagne, so definitely worth a try.
If Prosecco is more you thing, then a sophisticated bottle of Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene offers aromas of spring flowers and stone fruit, a delicate citrus quality on the palate, fine bubbles and a dry finish.