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What's the difference between Champagne and Prosecco?

Many people ask us what the difference between Champagne and Prosecco are, well in simple terms you'll find that Champagne comes from France where as Processo comes from Italy.

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Quick overview

Champagne

We shall start with the most famous of sparkling wines and that is Champagne, for a wine to be called this it must come from the region of France called "Champagne", this is located near to the city of Reims, which for those unaware of this city it's around 120 km's (75 miles) north eat of Paris (see map).
  • It's made the following grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier
  • Made using a traditional method, which is much more costly than other methods to produce wine
  • Your typical glass of Champagne will have around 125 calories in it (12% abv)
  • A decent entry level bottle will cost you around £25-35 ($40-55)
  • The most expensive bottle of champagne costs £1.2 million ($1.8 million) and is called Goût de Diamants, which translates to 'taste of diamonds'

Prosecco

As mentioned above the main difference is that this sparkling wine is made in Italy, it's made in the Veneto region which is around 16 miles (25 km) north of the famous city of Venice (see map).
  • It's made using the aply named Prosecco grape
  • Made using a tank method, which is much is much lower in cast than the traditional method
  • Your typical glass of Prosecco contains around 120 calories (11% abv)
  • A decent entry level bottle will cost you around £8-10 (£13-15)
  • 65% of Prosecco is consumed outside of Italy with the UK, Germany and America being the top 3 consumers
  • Some bars have now introduced Prosecco on tap

The Taste

Champagne has a tasting profile of peach, citrus, almost, toast (biscuit), white cherry and a few others.  Pair it with shellfish Prosecco has a tasting profile of green apple, melon, pear, honey suckle and cream. Pair it with cured meats

Fun Facts

  • Approx 300 million are produced each year of both Champagne and Prosecco
  • UK spends more on Prosseco (£180 million in 2014) than Champagne (£140 million in 2014)
  • Prosecco doesn't age in the bottle and so it's recommended to drink it young rather than a Champagne you can let age
  • The unique bubbles in Champagne are formed from a second fermentation process, (Sugar and yeast react to create CO2, this creates millions of small bubbles)
  • Every second 30 bubbles are released from an open bottle of Champagne, in a typical bottle there are 50 million bubbles.
  • Champagne has 3 times more bubbles than beer
  • There was worries of a shortage of Prosecco in the UK in the summer of 2014 due to a poor harvest the year before
  • Apparently you're more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork flying at you than a poisonous spider
  • A world famous Champagne house (Pol Roger) used to make a special one pint bottle of Champagne, which was then served to former prime minister Winston Churchill at 11 a.m sharp every day.

Why Does Champagne Cost So Much More than Prosecco?

The main reasons are the method of creating the sparkling wine as well as the demand in the market for it. Typically Champagne has a higher demand (although this has leveled off in lots of countries) and obtains a higher price because of this in comparison to Prosecco. The method of producing the wine also plays a big factor on it, Champagne uses a two stage fermentation method known as a traditional method, this is much more costly than the more modern technique to create Prosecco which involves the use of stainless steel tanks.

Where exactly does Champagne and Prosecco come from?

Both of these types of sparkling wine can only be called by their names if they come from a specific region. For France it's the Champagne region, in Italy it is the Veneto region. 

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