Glera

Prosecco has changed its name to Glera, which is an old name that I always thought was the principal clone of Prosecco. Prosecco now refers to a geographical area making wine from Glera. The traditional area lies between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, it can be named after either of both towns and attach the term ‘Superiore DOCG’. The illusive village of Prosecco is to the east, on the Slovenian border in fact and, by lassooing it, the producers of Prosecco have protected their name and created a number of new DOC wines in the Friuli and the Veneto. This all first came into effect in 2009 and was a shrewd commercial manoeuvre.

Slightly confusingly Glera and Prosecco Lungo are both registered as Prosecco, they are quite distinct. Glera is lighter, more floral and well suited to light sparkling wines, whereas Prosecco Lungo is spicier and there are few plantings left.

There are a number of producers who make a still Glera, very few are made worth seeking out, though the sweet passito wines can be lovely. Torchiato di Fregola is the most famous but the best come from the best of the small Prosecco makers.

By far the most famous wine from Prosecco are light and sparkling, sometimes bone dry ‘Brut’, with a little residual sugar ‘Extra Dry’ or verging on medium ‘Dry’. If the wine is labelled ‘Frizzante’, the pressure is lower and the closure can be ‘Spago’ (held with a string) Tappo Corona (beer top) or a screw top, sometimes a Champagne cork is used. The more fizzy ‘Spumante’ wines nearly always use a Champagne cork. The most prized wines come from a hill outside Valdobbiadene called Cartizze; these wines are normally ‘Dry’ and have a marked depth and intensity.

Synonyms

Glera
Serpina

 

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  1. Case Bianche. Prosecco Superiore 'Vigna del Cuc' 2015

    A naturally gifted vintage, beautiful soft. fresh lemon and grapefruit backed with ripe herb and apricot.  Simplicity itself, with a crystalline purity.


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  2. Case Bianche. Prosecco Superiore 'Vigna del Cuc' 2015 Magnum

    A naturally gifted vintage, beautiful soft. fresh lemon and grapefruit backed with ripe herb and apricot.  Simplicity itself, with a crystalline purity.


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    £32.00
  3. Case Bianche. Prosecco 'Brusole' 2016

    Good intensity and length, more mineral and herb than some vintages joining the lovely pea and lemon sorbet flavours.  A dangerously easy wine. 


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  4. Case Bianche. Prosecco 'Antico' 2013

    Green apple and herb, more floral and mineral than fruit.  The process means it is a little cloudy and throws some sediment, nought taken out, it’s quite something.


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  5. Col Sandago. Prosecco 'Undici' 2013

    Pineapple and melon, ripe and rounded with freshening apple and lime, seriously lovely pea and elderflower on the finish.


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  6. Col Sandago. Prosecco Passito (50cl)

    L183 Honeyed, marmalade, supple fresh, delicate and fine.


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  7. Villa Giada. Moscato d'Asti 'Canelli' 2015 Magnum

    Villa Giada Moscato d'Asti Andrea Magnum
    Moscato d’Asti DOCG


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    £23.00

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