Production of Prosecco DOC Rosé has been Approved

22nd May 2020

The Hunt for Rosé Prosecco

Prosecco DOC Consortium Announces Production of Prosecco DOC Rosé has been Approved. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies’ National Wine Committee unanimously approved the new DOC category for Prosecco

The Prosecco DOC Consortium announces that the proposal to amend the disciplinary rules for the production of Prosecco DOC, which includes the introduction of Prosecco DOC Rosé, was unanimously approved by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies’ National Wine Committee.

The measure and the following Ministerial Decree are now awaiting to be published in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic. The decree will formalize the modification at national level by launching the community procedure which will end with the definitive publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Stefano Zanette, President of the Prosecco DOC Consortium thanked “All those who have contributed to obtaining this important result, in a moment particularly tough for the wine industry.”

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)

According to the Consortium’s estimates, the total production of Rosé could count up to 30 million bottles per year.

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