Sparkling Wines from Italy: Invitation to join #ItalianFWT Sat. May 6

Guilio Ferrari is a very special cuvee from Ferrari Trento made from grapes grown in the far north of Italy in the Alps

As we near spring and summer time celebrations, my mind turns toward BUBBLES!

And while most people associate bubbles with Champagne, there’s so much more! Sparkling wine is made all around the world, in different styles from Prosecco in Italy to Cava from Spain, as well as sparkling wine made in the traditional way of Champagne France.

In fact, Prosecco has become very well-known and popular: over 150 million bottles of this sparkling wine are made each year (Wikipedia). It is easy to find everywhere from liquor stores to specialty wine shops to grocery store to Trader Joe’s and at a range of price points from very affordable, decent bubbles for under $10 to more elegant and refined Prosecco.

But there is much more to sparkling wine from Italy than Prosecco!

Franciacorta is a region in Italy that makes very refined, elegant sparkling wine in the traditional way– the map shows the wide range of soil types in the region

There are four main types of sparkling wine made in Italy:

  1. Prosecco–  low alcohol, fresh, fruity, from Glera grapes
  2. Metodo Classico —  the traditional method also known as méthode champenoise in Champagnethis includes wines Franciacorta DOCG and Trento DOC — classy, refined, and more expensive wines
  3. Lambrusco — low alcohol red, fruity, great mixer, also made in a dry elegant style
  4. Asti Spumante — sweet, aromatic, made from Moscato grapes

Other regions in Italy also make sparkling wine, but much of it is kept close to home or in such small quantities it is hard to find outside of Italy.

Yet another reason to go to Italy!

Speaking of traveling to Italy, this month’s Italian Wine Food and Travel group is exploring the theme of sparkling wine from Italy! Sue and I are super excited to be hosting, and you are invited to join us!

  1. Join us! It’s easy!
  2. Open a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine or maybe try a new style or region of sparkling wine from Italy.
  3. Learn what you can about where the wine came from. Would you like to travel there? What foods are traditionally paired with this sparkling wine? What food are you inspired to pair this wine with?
  4. Tell us all about your Italian Sparkling Wine along with any travel and food tidbits on social media this week using the hashtag #ItalianFWT.
  5. Let me know by Wednesday morning if you will be publishing a blog post and give me your title so I can include you in a preview post later this week (email, twitter, or via the #ItalianFWT Facebook group).
  6. Publish your blog post Saturday May 6, preferably by 8am PST and give me the link (via one of the methods above).
  7. Include links to everyone who is participating in your blog post ASAP and visit their blogs, comment, and share!
  8. All are welcome to join us for a twitter chat from 8-9am PST that Saturday on the topic of “Sparkling Wines of Italy.” Remember to search for and use the hashtag #ItalianFWT so we can see and respond to your posts!

So will you be traveling us this month as we delve into Sparkling Wines of Italy? Please let me know in the comments!

Sparkling wine from Italy comes in a wide range of styles and price points — join us as we explore them on #ItalianFWT

3 thoughts on “Sparkling Wines from Italy: Invitation to join #ItalianFWT Sat. May 6

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  2. Great topic, and Trento Doc is truly to discover. 🙂 However, I am not sure I agree with your categorization. Prosecco is a type of wine that is made with the autoclave (Charmat method mainly), as well as Asti Spumante. So if you want to divide it into Champenoise and Charmat method, that would be much better. As you cannot really talk about Prosecco and Asti Spumante as own/only main typologies/categories. What about Zibibbo Spumante then? That is also a type of sweet sparkling wine. But it is not the only one in its category as is neither Asti Spumante. Lambrusco is mainly a fizzy wine in its ancestral refermentation in the bottle method. However, of course, they also do Lambrusco spumante with both Chamoenoise (Classical method) and Charmat method.
    You could say that in the US, the most know sparkling wines are Prosecco and Asti Spumante, combined with Classical methods such as Franciacorta DOCG, Trento Doc, etc. And then you can include for you lesser known DOCGs.


    • Great points! Yes, there are more sparklers in Italy than on this very general list! Thank you for adding to the conversation and the education.

      I agree, the list is very much simplified for a general audience in the US: I’m trying to offer generalities that get people thinking about how there are more sparklers in the world –and in Italy– than they might think!

      I would love to do a tasting to compare the various kinds of sparkling wine if Italy regardless of the method. I have an opportunity to learn more about Moscato d’Asti at a seminar and lunch in LA and I’m looking forward to it!


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