The concept of a Rosé sparkling wine is definitely not new and has quite a few loyal fans, especially of the younger generation. And can you blame them? This wine is like a perfect medley of red and white wine, allowing one to experience the best of both worlds. The stunning Rosé with its aesthetically pleasing colour adds a new shade of sparkle to any meal, party and event!
Despite of its raging popularity, the Prosecco Rosé variety was only recently recognised officially by Prosecco rule makers such as the Consorzio del Prosecco. There are many strict rules that govern the production of Prosecco and rightfully so. After all, this beverage and its formula is centuries old and the fruit of the efforts of many grape farmers and winemakers from the Veneto and Fruili Venezia Giulia and enological schools in this area too. For a sparkling wine to even classify as Prosecco variety of grapes used, the proportion in which they are used, the colour, the residual sugar and to top all that off, the esteemed DOC and DOCG labels are even harder to achieve.
So it was a quite a moment in Prosecco history when on November 25, 2020 the Prosecco Rosé was officially recognised by the Consorzio del Prosecco led by the president Stefano Zanette and director Luca Giavi.
The specific rules for Prosecco DOC Rosé are as follows:
- The main grape to be used is of course at least 85% glera grapes with 10-15% Pinot Noir as long as it comes from the Prosecco DOC area
- The second fermentation should be Martinotti/Charmat method for a minimum of 60 days
- The colour has to pink and has to have a persistent foam
- The label has to state the word “Millesimato” and it has to have a minimum of 85% of grapes from the same year
- Residual sugar can be Brut to Extra Dry
This process of recognising Prosecco Rosé officially is projected to increase the sales of this sparkling wine to up to 40-50 million bottles in 2021 as compared to 20 million bottles sold in 2020 with 15-20% of the sales in the domestic market and 80-85% in the foreign market.
Want to get a taste of this amazing sparkling wine? Try Casanova Prosecco Rosé Brut Millesimato!