Champagne vs. Prosecco: What's The Difference?

June 26, 2015

Ask the average person what the difference between champagne and prosecco is and you'll likely receive a fairly simple answer: Champagne is from France; Prosecco from Italy. While that's accurate, there are also a few other important differences worth noting. These differences could determine which bottle you buy the next time you're in the mood to celebrate.

Where They Come From

Champagne is made in the region of France called (fittingly) Champagne, which is about 80 miles northeast of Paris. Prosecco comes from the Veneto region of Italy, which is about 15 miles north of Venice. Both are considered sparkling wines.

How They’re Made

Champagne is made from chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes. It is made by combining a base wine with sugar and yeast and then letting the concoction ferment twice – first in a wooden barrel and then in the bottle in which you buy it. This process creates champagne's crisp taste as well as the beautiful bubbles that percolate to the top of your flute.

While champagne can only be made from three specific types of grapes, prosecco is made from one: an Italian grape called the Glera. The process to make Prosecco is very similar to that of champagne. The biggest difference is that prosecco ferments in stainless steel vats rather than in a wooden barrel. This is a less expensive and much quicker way to produce the product.

When You're Supposed To Drink Them

According to Italian tradition, prosecco is only supposed to be consumed in the spring. On the other hand, champagne may be consumed all year round. Of course, no one will blame you if you enjoy a little bubbly whenever the urge strikes you.

What's In A Standard Pour

A standard pour of Brut has about 128 calories and is roughly 12 percent alcohol. A standard pour of prosecco has about 121 calories and is about 11 percent alcohol.

How Long Can You Store Them

You can store champagne for anywhere between a few years and a few decades. In general, the more expensive the bottle, the longer it keeps. Prosecco should be consumed within a few months of production.

Both champagne and prosecco should be stored somewhere dry and dark with a constant climate control – somewhere like Park City Self Storage in Dallas, Texas. We offer wine cellar units for long-term storage of vintages that are kept at the perfect environmental needs for all wines.


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