The different sparkling wines on display at Vinoteca ZurichThe different sparkling wines on display at Vinoteca Zurich

Differences and similarities between the sparkling wines

You’ve probably tried Champagne, Franciacorta or Prosecco before. But do you know the difference between them? And that the production process for Franciacorta is just as laborious as for Champagne? Find out more about the bubbly, sparkling wines of «bella Italia» and France.

Anyone who thinks only the French can produce Champagne is right. After all, Champagne is a protected designation for sparkling wine from the eponymous region in northern France. But anyone who thinks that Champagne is the only true sparkling wine has probably never tried Franciacorta. Its production method is exactly the same as that of its French counterpart: fermentation on the lees and subsequent maturation in the bottle for several months. This complex process results in high quality and persistent perlage.

Where Franciacorta and Champagne differ from Prosecco is mainly in the fermentation method: tank vs. bottle. Prosecco, also known as Spumante, is fermented in a pressure tank. With Franciacorta and Champagne, you get what is called a secondary fermentation in the bottle, which is also what produces the typical bubbles. By the way: Prosecco was originally the name of a grape variety from Veneto. Now, however, the grape is called Glera – Prosecco is just the designation of origin.

Our recommendations

  1. - +
    Italy, Veneto
    100 % Glera

    75 cl
    Prosecco doc - Casa Canevel – brut, Masi Canevel
    Special Price CHF11.20 netto n Regular Price CHF14.00


  2. - +
    Italy, Lombardy
    78 % Chardonnay, 12 % Pinot nero / Pinot noir / Blauburgunder, 10 % Pinot bianco / Pinot blanc / Weissburgunder

    75 cl
    Franciacorta docg - Marchese Antinori Cuvée Royale, Tenuta Montenisa
  3. - +
    France, Champagne
    Chardonnay, Pinot meunier, Pinot nero / Pinot noir / Blauburgunder

    75 cl
    Champagne brut rosé, Thiénot

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