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What is the Difference Between Prosecco and Champagne?

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova

Many people are of the opinion that the only difference between prosecco and champagne is that the former is traditionally produced in Italy, the latter in France. The truth is, the difference is huge and the only similarity is the tiny bubbles in sparkling wines.

Prosecco is a dry sparkling wine. It is produced exclusively on the Apennine Peninsula and a special variety of grapes is used to create it. It is produced in only nine regions of Italy and the type of wine itself is protected. Thus prosecco produced outside these provinces without express permission cannot have the traditional name of the alcoholic beverage. Only a few companies located in Brazil, Argentina, Australia and Romania have permission to produce it.

Champagne is known to be produced in the Champagne region of France. Although many of us think that we have drunk and drink Champagne, the truth is that only wine produced in this region of France can bear this name. This drink is produced only in the province of Champagne and no vines and no technology can replicate its taste.

The main difference between champagne and prosecco comes from the method of fermentation. Champagne is produced by the method of secondary fermentation in the bottle. This process is very long and can take years to aquire a really good taste. Prosecco fermentation, on the other hand, only lasts a few months. As a result, more fruity, fresh and aromatic wines are obtained.

Also, for the production of prosecco, only one type of grape is used - Glera. Unlike champagne, prosecco is a wine whose taste and aroma are best manifested immediately after its production. The sooner it is made, the fresher and more pleasant it is to the palate.


Champagne is drunk in glasses that have a conical shape and expand gradually upwards. It goes best with strawberries and various seafood like mussels and shrimp.

Prosecco is drunk in narrow glasses that are only one-third full. It is drunk young and it is believed that after the third year its taste deteriorates. It goes best with meats, Asian foods with a spicier flavor, as well as prosciutto.