What’s the difference between Prosecco & Champagne?
11th October 2021
For many there is very little difference between Prosecco and Champagne as ultimately they are both fizzy wines and there to be enjoyed during celebratory occasions, but to those who are in the know then they are worlds apart – Let us discuss the differences so that you will no longer see both Prosecco and Champagne as equals.
I totally get that many people the necessity to know the ins and outs about their wine is of very little relevance, what it costs and if they like the taste will have a much greater importance. We are more than likely enjoy a good old glass of bubbly as it’ll be a treat to ourselves added to our shopping basket or picked up with a smile at that event we are attending – sparkling white wine usually ticks all the boxes.
Speaking from experience, previously I would not been able to recognise any real difference between one glass of sparkling wine to another as I would have seldom had the reason to enjoy it. It is only via entering the wine sector many years ago that I built my experience and education where today I see Prosecco and Champagne poles apart.
Differences between Prosecco & Champagne:
Country of origin (Prosecco – Champagne):
Italy – France
Cheaper – More expensive
Glera – Chardonnay / Pinot Noir / Meunier (mostly)
Tank – Traditional
Fresh & Fruity – Intense including yellow fruit / brioche / honey / toast
Minimum aging before selling
2 weeks – 15 months
There are a few things that Prosecco and Champagne can share in character which includes each having different quality levels with certain regions and parcels of vineyards being recognised such of Superiore for Prosecco and Grand Cru for Champagne. Both can have white and rosé versions (thanks to Pinot Noir in Prosecco and Pinot Noir / Meunier grapes for Champagne). Both are world famous and exported globally. Both can become quite expensive especially when seeking the finer wines from the finer houses though generally Prosecco prices will not reach anywhere near the high price levels of collectable Champagne. Each is highly protected and governed to ensure quality levels, production amounts and even protection of their names to avoid identity theft / fake wines.
Co-founder of Glass of Bubbly. Journalist and author focused on Champagne & Sparkling Wines and pairing them with foods.