The Prosecco : The Truth

The Prosecco, this famous sparkling wine, friends of so many cocktails and happy hours is often seen as a cheap alternative to Franciacorta or Champagne.

The name “prosecco” is actually Slovenian, from prozek, or “path through the woods.” Prior to being called Prosecco, the region was known as Puccino.

But what grape is use to make Prosecco?

The answer: The Glera

It also can be made of Perera, Bianchetta, and Verdiso, and heavy hitters like Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir but the Glera is the original Prosecco grape.

Never heard about the Glera? It's quite normal. Most of us never did as well.

The Glera date back to the Roman Era. For years in was the only grape use in the making of Prosecco. At that time the Prosecco was not bubbly. It was not until the 19th century when Antonio Carpenè decided to bring the still wine to a second fermentation that the Prosecco became what we know now, a bubbly wine fermented in steel tank.

The Carpenè winery was the first to produce bubbly prosecco.

Glera is the Prosecco grape.

Standard belief and many sommelier will say that Prosecco is made from Prosecco. True and not...

In 2009, the Glera receive it's official recognition as the prosecco grape. A consortium of Italian producers recently lobbied for an official change. To protect the term “Prosecco”, the consortium ask that the term be reserved for the geographically distinct (and thus legally protected) wine and that “glera” – historically a local synonym for the vine that yields the wine – be used as the grape name. (Ref. Globe and Mail).

But what is the Glera?

A Prosecco Lungo or a Prosecco Tondo which is more floral? Today the prosecco tondo is no longer use.

Glera is mainly grown in Veneto, more precisely in the area close to Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.

Glera is a parent variety of two Manzoni grapes



Ref: Vine Pair