Production of Prosecco rosé gets the go ahead

Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo

22 May 2020

The Italian government has given the final go ahead for the production of pink Prosecco Doc

The news follows the announcement, reported by Imbibe in May 2019, that a vast majority of Consorzio Prosecco Doc members had backed the proposal to make the pink expression of the world’s most popular fizz official.

Rosé Prosecco is likely to represent a significant sales boost for the Consorzio and its members, who have been suffering the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, with plummeting sales and a potential cap on production for 2020.

'We're thankful to all those who've contributed to gaining such a key result,' said Stefano Zanette, president of the Consorzio, 'considering the current circumstances, this is particularly important.'

According to the new regulations:

  • Prosecco rosé must be made with a Glera base, blended with 10%-15% Pinot Nero;
  • Maximum yields allowed are 18 tonnes per hectare for Glera, and 13.5 tonnes per hectare for Pinot Nero;
  • The styles allowed are those ranging from Brut Nature to Extra Dry;
  • Prise de mousse must happen in vat according to the charmat method, for a minimum of 60 days;
  • Commercialisation is allowed from 1 January following harvest;
  • Labels must be vintage-dated (millesimato), with a minimum of 85% of the fruit coming from the stated vintage.

The new regulations are now going to be made national and European law on the Italian government's Official Gazette (Gazzetta Ufficiale) and on the EU's Official Gazette.

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