Prosecco is a fun and sparkling wine that has become a staple for birthdays, weddings, hens nights, functions and other events across Australia in recent times. What makes it so special is the way it seems to effortlessly blend into a special occasion, with flutes of it being enjoyed by revellers from Sydney to Perth and beyond.
What’s more, it’s a delicious, budget-friendly option that won’t break the bank in the same way Champagne might. Prosecco was originally produced in a wide region across the northeast of Italy, but the grapes are now cultivated and turned into delicious vino right here in Oz!
People love to buy Prosecco because it is highly versatile when it comes to enjoying light or creamy dishes. Some of the best dishes to enjoy prosecco alongside include fresh seafood, sharp cheeses like blue vein and cheddar, risotto and all manners of delightful charcuterie. Everyone absolutely loves the way Prosecco comes together with different food pairings, and this is partly what makes it so wondrously popular at Aussie events.
So, what kind of wine is the glorious and beloved Prosecco? Let’s find out below…
It’s not unlike a fine Champagne
Prosecco is known as Champagne’s more cost-efficient relative. It hails from the Veneto region of Italy and is made from the Prosecco grape (now called the Glera grape in the European Union). It’s a fun, light and bubbly drop that has quickly become a favourite of Aussies looking for something tasty without having to spend a fortune every time they want just that – something tasty!
It has been grown in Oz for years!
One thing you might be surprised to learn is that Australia has been cultivating Prosecco since the 1880s! Italian migrants began producing the grape in the King Valley of northeast Victoria, and then later on in the Murray Darling/Swan Hill region of Victoria. So, although the drop has only recently exploded (and we mean exploded!) in popularity across Australia, we’ve actually been producing this delightful drop for many years!
How should you enjoy the divine Prosecco?
Prosecco is just so delightfully versatile, and this is why you’ll find it at a boozy brunch or at an evening function. Prosecco is the social occasion’s wine, and can be added to cocktails, classic flutes with fruit and can even be enjoyed at a summer picnic!
One of the best ways to make a refreshing summer drink is the orange Prosecco punch – be sure to add this to your Christmas lunch recipes list! All you have to do is pour some Prosecco into a jug, add 250ml of orange juice (w/pulp), a tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of bitters – it’s that easy (and that delicious). Oh, we forgot to mention: add berries or some mint to really invigorate those summer-y flavours – your palate will thank you for it.
Another legendary cocktail, and one that is making its way onto the Instagrams of Aussies everywhere, is the Aperol spritz. Great for hot summer days and evenings on the town, the Aperol spritz is the amazing combination of bittersweet Aperol and Prosecco which can be enjoyed with an Italian antipasto platter or, you know, by having a couple by themselves!
So, as you can see, the amazing Prosecco has come a very long way in its history, and is now easily regarded as one of Australia’s favourite wines. Enjoy it cool on its own or part of an Aperol spritz – either way you’re bound to enjoy a super tasty drink with this awesome Italian bubbly.