Champagne vs Prosecco: What’s the difference?

Champagne vs Prosecco: What’s the difference?

Steven Murtagh

Written By Steven Murtagh

Oftentimes, champagne and prosecco are grouped together simply because they are a kind of sparkling corked drink that can add theatricality to an event or make for an ideal gift. However, there are many differences between prosecco and champagne that go beyond simply the price. By the end of this blog, you’ll understand all the ways these two popular drinks differ so you can make the best selection based on the occasion or individual you’re buying for. 

What is Champagne?

Champagne gets its name from the Champagne wine region of France where the grapes for the drink are grown exclusively. It can include a blend of many varieties or just a single varietal chosen from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes.  

Once the grape juices have been allowed to ferment, they are transferred to bottles to allow secondary fermentation to take place. The Champagne is then aged to develop flavour and carbonation, whilst also allowing for the removal of sediment (lees) and the addition of the dosage (sugar and selected reserve wine). The flavour profile of most Champagne consists of pear and apple with citrus notes and hints of biscuit. However, there can be lots of subtle variations in Champagnes due to the methods and grapes used by the producer.  

What is Prosecco?

Prosecco is a sparkling wine whose grapes are grown in the northeast Veneto region of Italy. For this drink, the native Glera grape variety is fermented in a two-step process taking place in a series of tanks. Prosecco is filtered and bottled without ageing, making the overall process relatively quicker than other quality wines. 

Proseccos feature crisp fruit flavours punctuated by freshness and a floral aroma. It is often available in both dry and sweet styles. 

Similarities between Champagne and Prosecco?

Both Champagne and Prosecco are sparkling wines produced in Europe using grapes that are native to the continent. Additionally, both drinks are delicious and offer a unique experience that can’t be replicated by other sparkling wine varieties. However, this is where the similarities end.  

How are Champagne and Prosecco different? 

These drinks are produced using drastically different processes, in different countries, and using different grapes. As a result, Champagne and Prosecco differ when it comes to appearance, flavour, texture, and many other factors. There is more choice when it comes to selecting a bottle of Champagne to bring to an event or for personal use. Champagne is therefore far better suited for occasions where gifting requires a more personal touch because it offers more complexity in its drinking. This is just one reason a champagne box gift can be effective in offering a drinking experience that’s tailored to the recipient. Browse the full range of Jean Juviniere Champagne Gifts. 

That is not to say that Prosecco can’t make for an effective corporate gift, it simply offers less customisation. The right bottle of Prosecco will still be appreciated by someone with a sweet tooth, for instance. Furthermore, there are many high quality Proseccos that are sure to provide a drinking experience your client hasn’t had before. 

Buy corporate Champagne gifts 

Whether you opt for a Prosecco or a Champagne gift, Jean Juviniere has a bespoke packaging option complete with printed company logo. Our Prosecco Gift Box features a delicious bottle of bubbly with notes of peach and apple, complete with a soft sparkling palate experience. Our Champagne Gift Box comes with a choice between two Jose Michel varieties, each with a unique and exciting flavour profile that dances on the tongue. As with all our wines, these gifts have been specially selected by an experienced sommelier. Contact us today for more information about ordering.