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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > Prosecco

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Prosecco

Whatever you think of prosecco, there’s no arguing that its popularity hasn’t reached its peak just yet.

And no wonder, frankly. There was plenty of well-made wine on show here, varying from ‘simply pleasurable’ to ‘genuinely good’, and pricing was mostly low enough to keep your accountant onside.

Whether you’re looking for a bottomless brunch contender or a premium trade-up option, there are wines here worth looking at. And very well done to Soligo, which seems to pick up a Gold every year.

From The Tasting Teams

‘Prosecco is an important part of the list, and overall the quality was good – quite dry and mineral, with good fruit. The best were around the £10 mark.’ Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade

‘Most of the Valdobbiadenes would work as aperitifs or with seafood such as scallops or prawns, even ceviche.' Arturo Scamardella, The Ritz London

‘People don’t want prosecco rewritten. They just want prosecco, with the balance and character that it’s known for. The judging here was all about the degrees to which we thought they’d nailed that character.’ Charlie Young, team leader

‘These all had good typicity, but the ones at the higher end were disappointing at those prices.’ Charlie Carter, L’Atelier Du Vin

‘There’s good stuff [in the Valdobbiadenes] around the £10 to £12 mark, but as the price went up I didn’t see any added value. I don’t think people know what Valdobbiadene is.’ Guillaume Mahaut, ETM Group

‘If there’s a stylistic and qualitative difference then it’s worth having the Valdobbiadene. Then it serves its purpose.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

‘Some were better than what I’ve been finding for work, so I’m hoping to get some of these on board!’ Stephanie Robertson, RA Group

‘The ones that are good are good, but for the bad ones there’s nowhere to hide.’ Andre Luis Martins, team leader

Award winners

Found 28 wines

Sparkling: Prosecco

Soligo, Prosecco Treviso, Extra Dry 2019, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner By the glass

'This has a fruit-driven nose, with good acidity to balance the slightly sweeter palate, all leading to a good, lingering aftertaste that keeps the flavours coming.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant. 'The fruit and character here are clean and pure, with pear and white peach aromas, and a good grapey character to the fruit too.' Charlie Young, team leader.

£8.60 Eurowines

Zonin, Cuvée 1821, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

'A nicely balanced, delicate wine with blossoms on the nose, leading to enjoyable peach and apricot flowers.' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir. 'Orange blossom and light rosewater notes, with a mousse that's structured and fine once settled, giving way to rich pear fading to green apple skin. Well-knitted complexity for prosecco.' Tim Handley, The Royal Automobile Club.

£11.05 Zonin UK Ltd

Bisol , Jeio Valdobbiadene Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner

'Notes of peach, pear, apple and melon with yeasty character and floral complexity on the nose, with a textural palate featuring some biscuit flavours.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'A combination of stone fruit and grapefruit make this very refreshing, with a classic palate leading to apple skin bitterness on the finish. This would be very good as an aperitif.' Guillaume Mahaut, ETM Group.

£12.35 Bibendum

Broadland Drinks, Proudly Vegan, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Gold medal winner Pub & Bar

'Great for pubs, outdoor dining and brunch. This is easy-drinking, smooth & balanced.' Anja Breit, abWINEconsulting. 'Light and airy, with a mousse that's very fine and textural. This has brilliant purity, with some good structure and well-integrated acidity straight through the middle.' Tim Handley, The Royal Automobile Club. 'For the price point this is fab!' Stephanie Robertson, RA Group.

£5.92 Molson Coors, LWC Drinks, Suma Wholefoods

Soligo, Col de Mez, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry 2019, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

'This is offering some good value, with soft, elegant fruit and juicy acidity.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'With gentle bubbles accompanying some notes of acacia and orange blossom, and a bit of residual sugar that refreshes the palate, this is good for summer days.' Arturo Scamardella, The Ritz London.

£10.45 Eurowines

Toffoli, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Brut 2018, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

'This is showing some complexity, along with fresh apple, pear and stone fruits, leading to a refreshing finish with balanced sweetness.' Guillaume Mahaut, ETM Group. 'Ripe pomelo, pink grapefruit and golden pear, with strong mineral undertones and a bit of biscuit character.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain.

£11.17 Davy's Wine Merchants

Botter, Vivoli, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

'A very incisive wine that's fresh and flinty, with some backbone and a mineral finish.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'A very attractive, refreshing style to serve by the glass, with fruity, exotic tones of pineapple, peach and apricot balanced with lemon juice, orange peel and golden apple.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader.

£7.57 Molson Coors

Riunite, Bel Canto, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

'An elegant nose of fresh white flowers and a hint of brioche, leading to a harmonious palate with a delicate sparkle.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'Very round and opulent texturally, with dried tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, and a very fine and delicate mousse.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club.

£7.43 Majestic Commercial

Canti, Prosecco 2019, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Fresh, delicate and floral, with a good herbal finish. This would be a good by-the-glass option.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant. 'Exciting aromas of fresh fruit, with a clean and balanced palate.' Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche. 'Fresh on the nose, with a touch of richer stone fruit on the palate.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club.

£5.25 ITALIAN WINES & BEVERAGES LIMITED

Paolo Zucchetto, Superiore di Cartizze, Brut 2019, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

'A very refreshing style of prosecco that would be excellent as an aperitif, with notes of crunchy apples, lemon, lime and some strong minerality like crushed rocks and chalk.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'Big and bold, this is very typical and true to the region. A good example of higher-level prosecco.' Martin Lam, team leader.

£16.98 Wine Traders

San Simone, Il Concerto, Prosecco, Brut NV, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A wine for more elaborate courses, it has an unctuous texture yet is elegant and fruity too, with a mineral background that helps bring layers of flavour and texture.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'Pure and crystalline, with some intense juicy and mineral notes. Quite complex overall, with a long finish.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.

£10.75 Eurowines

Soligo, Cuvée Solicum, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry 2019, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'This would be good as an aperitif, with orange peel and lemon aromas, and tropical fruit such as mango and lychee on the palate.' Arturo Scamardella, The Ritz London. 'Green apples and ripe limes dominate, with a touch of white blossom.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'Fantastic bright and zesty acidity.' Tanya Mann, consultant.

£10.95 Eurowines

Col Vetoraz, Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Extra Dry 2018, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'This opens with ripe and juicy fruits, with lots of tangerine peel and peach, and some well-managed sweetness.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'Dry, fresh and crisp, with some green fruit notes alongside some mango and peach.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet. 'With its ripe fruit and good finish, this would be good with langoustine.' Arturo Scamardella, The Ritz London.

£10.98 LWC Drinks

Riunite, Apericena, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Refreshing, easy-to-drink and excellent value for money, with aromas of tropical fruits, peaches and jasmine flowers, and fresh pineapple on the palate.' Cinthia Lozano, The Winery Honduras. 'Pronounced pear and apple flavours, and some citrus notes too, with good acidity on the palate and a clean aftertaste.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

£7.43 Majestic Commercial

Fantinel, One & Only, Prosecco Spumante, Brut 2019, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'An intense and well-balanced prosecco, with fresh acidity, ripe luscious stone fruit and floral notes.' Lucie Hammerschmiedova, Portland Restaurant. 'Persistent, perfumed and precise, with great finesse and a juicy palate that's balanced by lovely acidity.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'With nice acidity and an elegant finish, this would suit a fine-dining restaurant wine list.' Lionel Periner, team leader.

£13.91 Matthew Clark

Accolade, Sette Bello, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'This has rich fruits such as banana and mango but with a zip of green apple-skin acidity underneath, keeping this fresh and crunchy structurally, and ending with a kick of acidity.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club. 'Fruity, with grapefruit and pear in evidence, as well as flowery and fresh herb notes, leading to a supple palate with good weight. One to list in fine-dining restaurants.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

£9.28 Matthew Clark

Sacchetto Vini, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Biologico, Extra Dry 2018, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Lots of lovely fruit here, like apricot, peach, melon and pear, balanced by the freshness of the creamy acidity.' Nelio Pinto, Candlesticks. 'The beauty of this wine is its sweet and savoury finish, with notes of peach and tobacco.' Tanya Mann, consultant. 'With lime, white flowers and a mineral, refreshing palate, this would work well with ceviche or marinated scallops.' Arturo Scamardella, The Ritz London.

£12.76 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Paolo Zucchetto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry 2019, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A very classic style of Valdobbiadene, with stone fruits all the way through, and a citrus and mineral finish that brings you one level up from DOC Treviso.' Tanya Mann, consultant. 'Notes of mango, melon, pomelo, pears and apples - this is very pleasant, with a touch of residual sugar that uplifts the flavours and is well balanced by acidity.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain.

£12.98 Wine Traders

Soligo, Prosecco Treviso, Brut 2019, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.60 Eurowines

Ruggeri, Argeo, Prosecco Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.45 Enotria&Coe

Pirani, Prosecco, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.75 LWC Drinks

Botter, Imperativo, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.32 Matthew Clark

Toffoli, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Organic Prosecco, Brut 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Botter, Sea Change, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

Bisol , Valdobbiadene Brut Crede 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£15.65 Bibendum

Accolade, Da Luca, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.28 Matthew Clark

Bottega, Il Vino dei Poeti, Prosecco 2019, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.81 Matthew Clark

Sacchetto Vini, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Biologico, Brut 2018, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

 

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