- Prosecco is a variety of white grape grown in the Veneto region of Italy (north of Venice), and also gives its name to the sparkling wine made from the grape.
It is used in dry sparkling (spumante) and semi-sparkling (frizzante) wines, with their characteristic bitter aftertaste.
Like other sparkling wines, Prosecco is served chilled. It is most often served unmixed, but it appears in several mixed drinks.
It was the original main ingredient in the Bellini cocktail, and it can also replace champagne in other cocktails such as the Poinsettia. Prosecco is also in the Italian mixed drink Sgroppino (with vodka and lemon sorbet).
The name "Prosecco" is now protected under European law and can be used only for the wine made from the Prosecco grape in the Conegliano/Valdobbiadene region. Similar to the laws governing the use of "Champagne" in France.
The Italian Prosecco should not be confused with Dalmatian Prosecco, which is a special sweet wine (similar to sherry), made out of dried grapes.