Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine made from Glera grapes and grown in the Province of Treviso in the Veneto region of North East Italy.
Prosecco is produced in the Province of Treviso North of Venice. Unlike Champagne, Prosecco is made with the Charmat method of producing sparkling wine, in which the second fermentation takes place in pressurised tanks rather than in the bottle. The first fermentation produces a still wine, and the bubbles are put in during the second fermentation in the autoclave or steel tanks. The shorter, less labour intensive method is ideal for Prosecco as it preserves the crisp, young, fresh flavor of the grapes and keeps it affordable. Time in the bottle is not a good thing for Prosecco, unlike Champagne. This is why many Prosecco producers will bottle several times a year so that the Prosecco is kept as fresh at it can be, rather than bottling their entire production at one time. Prosecco is known as the main ingredient of the Bellini cocktail and has more recently become popular as a less expensive substitute for Champagne, but also as an alternative to those who find champagne too dry or acidic.