Prosecco bigger than Champagne

Valdobbiadene Prosecco vineyards in Italy. (Photo: Condē Nast Traveler website)

The 2018 Prosecco grape harvest is on track to produce 600 million bottles – that’s nearly twice the production of Champagne. Around 500 million bottles are the basic DOC Prosecco appellation, with another 100 million bottles from the premium DOCG area.

By my calculation, the yield of grapes per hectare of basic DOC Prosecco in 2018 is twice the yield per hectare of New Zealand’s grape crop.

By my calculation, the yield of grapes per hectare of basic DOC Prosecco in 2018 is twice the yield per hectare of New Zealand’s grape crop. The maximum yield per hectare for DOC Prosecco is 18 tonnes but an extra 20% above that figure can be harvested and held as reserve wine, making the true maximum 21.6 tonnes/ha.

That’s a lot of headaches … or is it?

Aldi recently launched a “hangover free” Prosecco in the UK. The GPB £7.99 bottle of organic Prosecco uses no pesticides or herbicides in the vineyard and contains less sulphites than regular non-organic Prosecco.

Hangover-free? I don’t think so. When I last checked hangovers were caused by alcohol and Aldi’s Organic Prosecco has 11.5%, which is pretty normal for Prosecco.

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