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15 award-winning DOCG Proseccos to try right now

Salute! Here's a list of 15 of the best DOCG Proseccos to try, with each Italian sparkling wine winning big at the IWSC 2021

Words by IWSC Judges

Handpicked by IWSC

Trying to find the best Prosecco among the sea of choice is a challenge for even the most fanatical sparkling wine lover. The choice is extraordinary, particularly when you consider that hardly anyone outside Italy drank Prosecco a couple of decades ago.

But it’s important to know that not all Proseccos are created equal – the really good stuff has the slightly harder-to-pronounce title Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita).

Located in the foothills of the Dolomites in north-east Italy, this Unesco World Heritage site sits above the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene and above the lower-altitude vineyards where basic DOC Prosecco is made.


farra di soglio hills with prosecco vineyards in veneto, italy
The Farra di Soligo hills in Veneto, italy, where you'll find Prosecco vineyards

DOCG Prosecco is much rarer than its DOC equivalent. For a start, production of DOCG is much lower (less than 20%) than DOC, vineyard yields are lower and there’s a much tighter focus on terroir. What do they have in common? They’re both made with the same grape variety – Glera – and are both made in the same way, with the second fermentation in tank.

These top-end DOCG Proseccos performed with plenty of sparkle at this year’s IWSC, with a handful of Gold medal winners and plenty of Silvers on show. Riva dei Frati Dry Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2021 scored a healthy 96/100, wowing the IWSC judges with its ‘fruit-forward palate of green apples and pears, layered with yeasty notes.’

The non-vintage Anna Spinato, Brut NV also scored a Gold medal, bringing ‘pear, nectarine and green apple skin’ to the fore, while the fragrant Cantina Bernardi, Terra De Ru Extra Dry 2021 combined ‘sweet spices, jasmine and buttery notes on the nose and palate.’

Every bottle of DOCG Prosecco at this year’s IWSC was judged blind by a top panel of experts from all corners of the wine trade. Chairing the panel was Sarah Abbott MW, joined by Master Sommelier Matteo Montone, wine writer and broadcaster David Kermode and managing director at Woodwinters Andrew Johnson.

Dig a little deeper and you’ll realise that there’s more to Prosecco than first meets the eye, and these bottles really show off the best the region has to offer. We’re proud to present the pick of DOCG Prosecco from this year’s IWSC.

How do we judge these wines?

We run a tightly structured, rigorous wine tasting process. That means that each wine sample is pre-poured into numbered glasses and assessed blindly by the judges. Most importantly, our IWSC wine judges are experts in their field, who work across all sectors of the wine industry. For evidence, see our full list of judges.

How do we score these wines?

Only the best wines sampled receive a Gold or Silver award. For example, to win Gold, wines have to score between 95 and 100 points. Meanwhile, Silver wines range from 90 to 94 points. Click here to read more on our scoring system.

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