• Understanding Quality Levels (DOC/DOCG)


  • Before 2009, “Prosecco” was the name of a particular grape variety. Since new regulations were brought into force, that grape has reverted to its former title – Glera – and Prosecco became, like Champagne, the name of a region with clear limits. This protection means calling a wine “Prosecco” anywhere in the world outside of this region is illegal, protecting the quality and reputation of Prosecco from cheap, inferior knock-offs!

  • The reason behind the DOC or DOCG on your Prosecco label is basically an assurance of quality, proving that the wine has been made in the right area and has adhered to strict rules and regs. These include maximum yields per hectare of vines, a minimum of 85% Glera grapes in the wine itself, and strict chemical analysis.

    • DOC = Denominazione di Origine Controllata (controlled designation of origin)
    • DOCG = Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin and quality/guarantee)

    The two are similar, but DOCG wines are from a smaller area of steep hillsides and are of guaranteed superior quality, requiring government-licensed tasters and unique government seals as well as adhering to more stringent rules on production and yields. 

  • Within the Spumantes there are 3 varieties with differing sweetness levels and rather confusing names!

    Brut: The driest. Up to 12 grams per litre of residual sugar after bottling, if you want to get technical. The most modern of the Prosecco wines.

    Extra Dry: In the middle – NOT the driest – best described as “off-dry”. 12-17g sugar per litre. This is the traditional version.

    Dry: The sweetest – 17-32g sugar per litre – and least widespread.