Prosecco Superiore DOCG is the highest quality of Prosecco and comes from the Italian towns between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Learn about Prosecco Superiore DOCG and how it’s different than Prosecco DOC. And check out our guide on Italian Sparkling Wines if you are just getting started.
Prosecco often gets lumped into one category — fresh, fruity, and inexpensive sparkling wine made throughout the Veneto region of Italy. But if you’re willing to look a little deeper, there’s a segment of Prosecco that is of some of the highest quality coming out of Italy. While most of the Prosecco on the market is the fresh fruity inexpensive stuff, it’s important to know that there are different quality levels of production.
Prosecco Superiore comes specifically from the hilly area of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, which includes 15 towns located at the heart of the Veneto region, home of the highest quality DOCG wines of the region.
Because these wines are different than their better known counterparts, and are incredibly high quality for the price (you can find great examples from around $15-$25!). They are usually lower in sugar, so they don’t come across so sweet. Instead you get a great balance of fruit and floral flavors with fine, elegant bubbles.
And most of them are made by smaller, family-operated winemakers, with more attention given to the details. Essentially, you’re getting the highest quality product possible from the grapes of this stunning region.
And best of all, these wines are great with foods of all kinds.
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, and its smaller, more concentrated designations, are among the highest quality sparkling wines produced within the region.
The majority of the wine produced here is in a dry (“brut”) style, even though the wines come across “fruity” due to their natural fruit flavors found in the Glera grape (the primary grape of these wines, and constitute at least 85% of the wine). It can be confusing at first, but here is how you can tell how dry or sweet a wine is by looking at the label.
The towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are at the heart of this region, and the home of the highest quality DOCG Prosecco Superiore wines.
The Conegliano Valdobbiadene region (pronounced: Co-neee-lee-ah-noh Val-doh-bee-ah-de-neh) – is located just miles from Venice, and the home to handcrafted sparklers that are are anything but ordinary.
Within the Prosecco Superiore DOCG region there are two subregions that are distinct on their own.
Both are subzones within the region of Prosecco Superiore DOCG, that express the top quality of wines produced here. These areas are considered the “crus” and “grand crus” of the region. And you can expect to pay generally up to the $30 – $40 range, which is a fantastic value for such gorgeous, handcrafted, artisan sparkling wines and very competitive with grower Champagnes in price/quality.
And these are only from this Conegliano Valdobbiadene region.
I’m telling you this from experience. The region here is simply stunning and awe worthy! The wines are handcrafted primarily from family operated wineries, handpicked, on some steep and dangerous hillsides, that have been doing this for generations. Humble and resilient people, working in a stunning region, making balanced and gorgeous wines.
Follow these steps to learn more about the wine you are tasting:
1. Hold the glass straight in front of you by the stem and look at it. Notice the clarity, color, and viscosity of the wine.
2. Give the wine a swirl to release the aromas. Smell for notes of fruit, flowers/herbs, earth/minerals, spice and others.
3. Take a sip of wine and swish it in your mouth. Allow it to touch all parts of your palate. Focus on how it changes in your mouth. What stands out? Are the notes similar to those of the nose?
The more you know the characteristics you do and don’t like in a wine, the better you will be at choosing wines you will like. Learn more in our Wine Tasting 101 post and in Chapter 2 of our Fire + Wine Cookbook.