When is Prosecco not Prosecco?

19th November 2015

When is Prosecco not Prosecco?

Prosecco has seen a huge increase in popularity in recent years. Due to this popularity Stefano Zanette president of the Prosecco DOC Consortium has said that there are an increasing number of imitators jumping on the Prosecco bandwagon.

Prosecco was originally the name of a grape and a place, but once the wine’s popularity grew, more clarification was needed to avoid just anyone using the name ‘Prosecco’. The Prosecco grape was renamed ‘Glera’ in 2010 and the Italian government created designated Prosecco zones.

Any bottle that says Prosecco on the label must be produced in approved designated growing regions according to the strict standards of the Prosecco DOC and Prosecco DOCG Consortia.

There is some confusion however as in Australia legislation permits Prosecco production as it considers Prosecco a grape and not a geographical indication.

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