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Pink Prosecco

A few years ago Marks & Sparks tried to import a pink sparkling wine from Italy that they’d amusingly labeled Rosecco (geddit? The Italian authorities did and impounded the shipment) .

Yesterday it was announced that pink Prosecco is authorised.

The colour comes from 10% to 15% Pinot Nero (aka Pinot Noir)

In order to label Prosecco DOC as Rosé, producers will have to follow specific rules:

  • Grape varieties: Glera and 10%-15% Pinot Nero
  • Yields: 18 tons/hectare for Glera and 13.5 tons/hectare for Pinot Nero
  • Second fermentation – Martinotti/Charmat Method: minimum of 60 days
  • Sales will be allowed from the 1st of January after the harvest
  • Colour: pink more or less intense, shining, and with a persistent foam
  • Residual sugar: from Brut Nature to Extra Dry

● The label will have to state the word “Millesimato” and the vintage (minimum of 85% of the grapes from that year