Champagne Vs. Prosecco – What is the Difference?

It’s nearly a new year, which means bottles will soon be popping and champagne glasses will be passed around in glee as the clock strikes midnight and we all say goodbye to 2018, and hello to 2019. What most people don’t realize however, is that not all champagne is created equal. Some people toast with champagne, and some people toast with Prosecco or some other form of sparkling wine.

So what is the difference? Basically, the only major differences between champagne and prosecco are how expensive they can both be to produce and the region of the world in which each drink originates from.

Champagne is a well known sparkling wine that is produced in the Champagne region of France, for which the bubbly gets its name. It is located about eighty miles north of Paris. Champagne has been around for more than a century and has a reputation for being a luxury brand of wine.

Champagne is unique and more expensive to produce because it consists of more than one grape. Champagne is made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier grapes and is made into wine using what is called the traditional method.

Prosecco is also a sparkling wine, although it is made in the Veneto region of Italy, which is around fifteen miles north of Venice. Prosecco is made entirely from Glera (also called Prosecco) grapes grown in the region. It’s also known to be a more affordable bottle of sparkling wine, with an average glass around fourteen dollars.

Producing Prosecco is more affordable for the simple reason of it being made using the tank method, which is less expensive than the traditional method. Prosecco is also a sweeter wine, and it tends to have a fruity taste, where Champagne is aged longer and is known to be incredibly dry.