A Guide To Italian Sparkling Wines

Usually, wines are classified by the place where they were planted and/or the type of grapes they are. However, when classifying bubble wines, an additional factor is considered, which is the process by which the bubble was created.

In Italy, cuisine isn’t the only thing they’re noteworthy for! Sparkling wines are called spumante, and frizzante is a general term for bubbly. Hereon, we will be discussing Italian sparkling wines and what makes them distinct from one another.

Different Sparkling Wines

While most people just drink wine absentmindedly and can’t tell one from the other, they must note that these wines are different. Their difference varies from the type of grape to the fermentation process and the country it was made. Let’s take a look at some examples of sparkling wines.

Metodo Classico

The name Metodo Classico implies that the bubbles were created using the traditional method. It is almost similar to the process used in Champagne. That is, the second fermentation occurs in the bottle after careful and lengthy steps. This process is seen as the highest quality one for making sparkling wine.

It comes from the Gavi region and is described as a dry, elegant sparkling wine with bright acidity.

Lambrusco

This is a grape type of sparkling wine with a much wider range. Also, it has multiple genetic forms that skilled winemakers produce in dry versions that vary from crisp to light to frothy and dark. It is made using the Charmat method, with the second fermentation happening in the tank. It has a range of taste profiles, thereby making it a sparkling red wine option for all and sundry.

It comes from the Emilia-Romagna region and is a refreshing wine that varies from sweet to dry and slightly fizzy.

Prosecco

It is obtained from the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. This sparkling wine is described as light, fruity, and aromatic. It is produced in a tank method, which helps it get its effervescent and vibrant texture. Some of its types include Prosecco DOC and Prosecco Superiore DOCG (Conegliano-Valdobbiadene and Asolo).

Usually, Prosecco is enjoyed alone or used as a major ingredient in classic cocktails. In this case, it is a versatile choice for both festive and casual events. 

Moscato d’Asti

It hails from the beautiful Piedmont region of Italy and has a delightful and effervescent expression of the Moscato Bianco grape. Moscato d’Asti has a light and sweet sparkling wine taste, which captures the essence of the variety with its aromatic profile marked by notes of ripe peaches, orange blossoms, and a hint of honey. It has a lower alcohol content and a gentle fizziness, encapsulating the perfect equilibrium of acidity and sweetness. It can be paired with desserts or subjected to casual sipping.

Sparkling Wines at Trattoria Il Panino

At Trattoria Il Panino, we have the best Italian wine with the perfect balance between acidity and sweetness and an interesting combination of flavors, making it frequently sought. You should try it to understand what we’re talking about – make a reservation with us today!