The must is obtained by very soft pressing of solely Glera grapes, then 50% undergoes an initial fermentation at a controlled temperature of 18°C (64°F) while the remaining 50% is stored at 0°C (32°F) as unfermented must. Lately they are assembled and transferred into pressurized stainless steel tanks where the wine is made sparkling using the traditional Charmat method.
In 1754, we find the word Prosecco in the book "Il roccolo Ditirambo", written by Aureliano Acanti. Up until the 1960s, Prosecco sparkling wine was generally rather sweet. Since then, production techniques have improved, leading to the high-quality dry wines produced today. According to a 2008 New York Times report, Prosecco has sharply risen in popularity in markets outside Italy, with global sales growing by double-digit percentages since 1998.
The Prosecco DOC production area is located in northeast Italy, more precisely in the territories of 5 Veneto provinces (Treviso, Venice, Vicenza, Padua, Belluno) and 4 provinces in Friuli Venezia Giulia (Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste and Udine), one of the most stunning areas in the Italian peninsula.