Prosecco has become massively popular in recent years, with people considering a good quality, better value version of Champagne. The grape was originally known as Prosecco, named after a town in Trieste, was first mentioned by an Brit, Fynes Moryson, who mentioned it in his writings in the 1590’s calling it Prosecho. The grape has been renamed Glera, of which prosecco must contain a minimum of 85% to be called such.
Originally a rather sweet, sparkling wine (spumante) or less sparkling version (frizzante), its popularity has grown over the past 30 years due to the creation of dry and extra dry variations. Prosecco DOC Spumante is the most famous version whilst the cheapest version is IGT – Veneto.