Germany will now be able to bottle their own prosecco, using grapes grown in Italy. A recent sentence from the German court ruled that sparkling wine produced in Germany using Italian Prosecco grapes can be labelled as Italian. The sentence is based on the fact that the grapes imported in Germany are from Italy and therefore, according to the Italian law, respect the IGT (indicazione geografica tipica) requirements and the place where the sparkling wine is made has no relevance. The difference on the label between the German and Italian prosecco will be the IGT denomination on the label.
And whilst Italian prosecco producers have finally won their battle, the prosecco can now be DOCG Superiore (only the Valdobbiadene and Colli Asolani), if the producers want it, otherwise DOC, with the IGT denomination disappearing from the labels. The main difference, a part from the fact that a DOC or DOCG cannot be bottled outside the area and Germany or any other European country even buying grapes from Italy will not be able to call it Prosecco DOC or DOCG, the main difference is in the yield, that goes from 250 q/h to 170 for the DOC and 130 for the DOCG and this difference should be evident in the quality of the Prosecco without being an expert.
The Prosecco DOC can only be produced in 7 provinces, between Veneto and Friuli, including the province of Trieste where the town of Prosecco from which the grape, that now changes its name to Glera, is believed to have originated from. Prosecco is produced using the Charmat method, in which the secondary fermentation takes place in tanks.
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