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.
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. Tenuta di Collalbrigo Extra Dry NV scored a healthy 95/100pts, wowing the IWSC judges with its zesty acidity, notes of juicy apples and pears and aromas of honeysuckle.
The single-vintage Conte Collalto Ottaviano Sui Lieviti Brut Nature 2019 also scored 95/100pts, bringing stony minerality to the fore, with zippy acidity, while the refreshing Collalto San Salvatore Brut Millesimato 2020 combined elegant stone-fruit aromas with notes of pear drops and candied lemon peel.
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 Sommeliers Gearoid Devaney and Svetoslav Manolev, as well as Astrum Wine Cellars MD Bruno Besa and Enotria buyer Sergio de Luca.
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.
15 of the best Proseccos in 2021
- Tenuta di Collalbrigo, Extra Dry NV.
- Conte Collalto, Ottaviano Sui Lieviti Brut Nature 2019.
- Collalto, San Salvatore Brut Millesimato 2020.
- Duca di Dolle, 100% Exd Extra Dry 2019.
- Prapian, Col de L’Utia Organic Brut NV.
- Montelvini, Serenitatis Extra Dry NV.
- Uve Vettoretti Brut NV.
- La Farra, Rive di Farra di Soligo Extra Brut Millesimato 2019.
- Merotto, Rive di Col San Martino Cuvée del Fondatore Brut Millesimato 2020.
- Nani Rizzi, Extra Brut Millesimato 2020.
- Andreola, Sesto Senso Dry 2020.
- IL Colle Extra Dry NV.
- Bival Azienda Agricola Extra Dry NV.
- Marsuret, Amolèr Extra Brut NV.
- Valdo, Cuvée di Boj Brut NV.
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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