Do you like Prosecco? Good for you! I don’t especially like it – I’d rather have Champagne, Cava, Ferrari, English sparkling, Methode Champegnoise or new world sparklers. Turns out there are very good reasons for this: The stuff we know as Prosecco in the UK is not the best sparkling wine to be had from the region! However, an energetic and passionate fan called Kristina Issa has decided to bring good Prosecco to London. She has opened Prosecco House, London’s first bar dedicated to Prosecco at Berkeley Homes‘ One Tower Bridge, a new development just by County Hall in London.
The bar will stock Prosecco DOCG, the premium prosecco from Veneto, the home of prosecco.
As well as talking about the wine, Kristina offers some insights into opening a bar single-handed in London, as you’ll hear in the podcast.
Kristina is working directly with family owned vineyards in Veneto and exclusively stocks five vineyards that are not available anywhere else in London. The bar has over 20 different proseccos on the menu, hand picked by Kristina herself. The five wineries served are: Marchiori, Rivalta, Cirotto, TASI Bio and Andreola. The gorgeous interiors have been designed by Kristina and interior designer Justyna Czarnoba and include hand selected marble from Italy and antique bronze tables with mirrored glass surfaces. The is stunningly back lit and has a wide variety of prosecco bottles on display.
Prosecco is produced exclusively in north east Italy. Its story began in the area of Conegliano Valdobbiadene over three centuries ago, where the highest quality, Prosecco Superiore, is still produced to this day. A level of quality that in August 2009 was awarded the DOCG (controlled and guaranteed origin denomination) appellation, rightly placing Prosecco among truly great wines of Italy. Under the new system, the historic Prosecco Doc (Conegliano Valdobbiadene and Colli Asolani) have become DOCG, while the areas of northeast Italy that used to make Prosecco Igt can now make the base DOC. The result is that there are now two levels of Prosecco on the market: the DOCG, the peak of the quality pyramid, representing by the Conegliano Valdobbiadene denomination, with its 15 hill municipalities, and the DOC base, covering the provinces of Treviso, Belluno, Venice, Padua, Vincenza, Udine, Pordenone, Trieste and Gorizia, a broad denomination made up of more than 600 municipalities in Veneto and Friuli. The DOCG zone is in province of Treviso, stretching over the hills between the small towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, 50 km from Venice and around 100 km from the Dolomites. The hills chains stretch from east to west, from the flat plain to the foothills of the Alps.
So now you know.
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