We were seriously impressed by this supermarket find, which is the most premium style of DOCG prosecco, yet still costs just a tenner. It’s made with top-quality glera grapes sourced from the best vineyards on the Valdobbiadene Hill, so you know you’re guaranteed a real stand-out sparkling.
The UK simply can’t get enough prosecco. In fact, Britain is officially the world’s greatest consumer of the Italian sparkling wine, accounting for 24.5 per cent of all prosecco DOC exports, with a whopping 122.2 million bottles reaching our shores in 2021 alone.
Our obsession for the tipple began in the years after the financial crisis as we Brits searched for a celebratory drink that was cheaper than champagne. As its relatively inexpensive and very drinkable cousin, Prosecco soon started appearing in supermarkets, bars and restaurants all over the country – and clearly we haven’t looked back since.
Like champagne though, prosecco must still follow certain EU rules to lay claim to the name. For example, it can only come from two regions in Italy – Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia – to carry a DOC label indicating its designated origin. And it must also be made with a minimum of 85 per cent glera grapes, although other grape varieties, such as pinot grigio or chardonnay, can make up the rest.
The way prosecco is produced does differ, however. While champagne gains its bubbles in the bottle itself, prosecco is fermented for a second time in stainless steel tanks to add the fizz before it’s bottled under pressure. This is a much quicker process, which helps keep the finished drink at a more reasonable price.
While quality can still vary wildly between bottles, expect prosecco to have a high acidity, light bubbles and pleasant, fruity flavours of apples, pear, melon or citrus. It’s usually a little sweeter than champagne and works perfectly as an aperitif, but can also pair well with foods such as antipasti, seafood and salty or acidic dishes. Better still, prosecco doesn’t benefit from ageing, so there’s no need to save it for a special occasion. Just pop the cork and enjoy.
How we tested
We chilled all the Proseccos we tested and then judged each one on its aromas, bubbles and flavours. We tested every bottle on its own and then with foods including salted nuts, charcuterie, fish dishes and even pizza to see which ones would make food sing and which were better served alone for a food-free toast.
The best proseccos for 2023 are:
- Best prosecco overall – Tesco finest prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG: £10, Tesco.com
- Best prosecco to buy as a gift – Il Colmo prosecco brut NV: £14.99, Virginwines.co.uk
- Best prosecco for seafood – La Gioiosa prosecco brut: £10, Tesco.com
- Best vegan-friendly prosecco – Adnams prosecco DOC: £10.99, Adnams.co.uk
- Best prosecco for cocktails – Mionetto orange label prosecco: £11, Sainsburys.co.uk
- Best prosecco bottle to show off – Freixenet prosecco DOC: £9.99, Morrisons.com
- Best supermarket own-brand prosecco – Asda extra special prosecco brut: £8, Asda.com
- Best luxury prosecco – Ca’ di Rajo extra dry Valdobbiadene prosecco superiore DOCG millesimato 2020: £17.95, Independent.wine
- Best bargain-buy prosecco – I heart prosecco: £7.50, Amazon.co.uk